Corby Bridge

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Corby Bridge
Wetheral Viaduct, 1981 (geograph 5072933).jpg
Wetheral Viaduct, 1981
Coordinates 54°53′02″N 2°49′47″W / 54.88393°N 2.82981°W / 54.88393; -2.82981Coordinates: 54°53′02″N 2°49′47″W / 54.88393°N 2.82981°W / 54.88393; -2.82981
Carries Newcastle and Carlisle Railway
Crosses River Eden
Locale Wetheral, Cumbria, England
Other name(s)
  • Wetheral Viaduct
  • Eden Viaduct
Heritage status Grade I listed
Characteristics
Total length 660 feet (200 m)
Height 100 feet (30 m)
Longest span 89 feet (27 m)
No. of spans 5
Piers in water 2
History
Constructed by William S. Denton
Construction start 1830
Construction end 1834 (1834)

Corby Bridge (popularly known as Wetheral Viaduct) is a railway viaduct adjacent to and immediately East of Wetheral railway station at Wetheral, near Carlisle, in north-west England, begun in 1830[1] and completed in 1834.[2] It is 660 feet (200 m) long and 100 feet (30 m) high,[3] and has been Grade I listed since 1 April 1957.[1]

Built for the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway Company, it still carries the double-track Tyne Valley Line over the River Eden, and includes a cast iron footpath connecting Wetheral with Great Corby.[1][2] This was added to the north face in 1851,[1] because so many people were trespassing on the trackbed, in order to cross.[2] Initially, a half-penny toll, each way, was charged, having risen to a penny by the time the station closed in 1956 (train services resumed in 1981).[2] Pedestrian passage is now free.[2]

The bridge has five 89 feet (27 m) spans faced with red sandstone from Newbiggin Quarry near Carlisle.[1] and filled with sandstone rubble from Wetheral and Corby Beck Quarries.[1] It has two piers on either bank and two in the river.[1]

The nearby Corby Bridge Inn, opened in the same year, was named for the viaduct.[4] It closed early in 2015 after being sold to a property developer.

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Corby Bridge - Wetheral - Cumbria - England". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 27 February 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Bardon Mill to Wigton". Great British Railway Journeys. Series 3. Episode 17. 2012-01-24. BBC. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  3. ^ "Corby Bridge, Wetheral". Old Cumbria Gazetteer. University of Portsmouth. 2010. Retrieved 27 February 2012.
  4. ^ "Corby Bridge Inn". Retrieved 27 February 2012.