Rectory Junction Viaduct

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Rectory Junction Viaduct
Netherfield - west side of Trent Viaduct (Geograph-1001672).jpg
Coordinates 52°57′04″N 1°03′15″W / 52.9511°N 1.0541°W / 52.9511; -1.0541Coordinates: 52°57′04″N 1°03′15″W / 52.9511°N 1.0541°W / 52.9511; -1.0541
Carries Nottingham-Grantham Line
Crosses River Trent
Other name(s) Radcliffe Viaduct
Heritage status Grade II listed
Material cast iron
Longest span 110 feet (34 m)
Clearance below 24 feet (7.3 m)
Opened 1850

Nottingham to Grantham Line
Midland Main Line
Nottingham Nottingham Express Transit
Nottingham to Lincoln Line
to Gedling Colliery
Rectory Junction
Rectory Junction Viaduct
River Trent
to Cotgrave Colliery
to Melton Mowbray
Elton and Orston
Bottesford West Junction
Newark on Trent to
to Melton Mowbray Line
East Coast Main Line
Allington Junction
Poacher Line
East Coast Main Line

Rectory Junction Viaduct, also known as the Radcliffe Viaduct,[1] crosses the River Trent between Netherfield and Radcliffe on Trent near Nottingham. It is a Grade II listed building.[2]


The bridge was built in 1850 by Clayton & Shuttleworth of Lincoln on the Nottingham-Grantham Line for the Ambergate, Nottingham, Boston and Eastern Junction Railway.

The Trent Navigation Company demanded a minimum clear span of 100 feet (30 m), so the railway company built a 110 feet (34 m) cast iron arch. The clearance above the water is 24 feet (7.3 m). The iron arch was formed of six ribs, constructed in eight segments.

The approach viaduct, originally constructed in timber and comprising 32 spans,[3] was rebuilt in brick in 1909-1910 by Alexander Ross. The brick viaduct comprises 28 spans, eighteen are 24 ft 11 ins, and ten are 25 ft 7 ins.[4]

The internal cast iron ribs were encased in concrete by British Rail in 1981 to increase the strength of the bridge, but the original cast iron ribs on the exterior were left exposed, leaving the bridge appearance little changed.[5]

Next crossing upstream River Trent Next crossing downstream
Lady Bay Bridge  Rectory Junction Railway Bridge
Grid reference: SK636397
Gunthorpe Bridge 


  1. ^ Jacobs, G., Ed (2005) Quail Track Diagrams: Book 4: Midlands and North West, 2nd Edition, Bradford on Avon: Trackmaps
  2. ^ "Name: RAILWAY BRIDGE OVER THE RIVER TRENT List entry Number: 1249646". historic England. Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  3. ^ The Railway Magazine. 50. 1922. 
  4. ^ Masonry as Applied to Civil Engineering: Being a Practical Treatise on the Design and Construction of Engineering Works in Stone and Heavy Concrete. F. Noel Taylor
  5. ^