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Listed Building record MDR8460 - Viaduct, embankment and overbridge, north of Church Lane, Rowsley

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Extant stone railway bridge carrying the 1860 Midland Railway extension from the previous terminus at Rowsley, north of Bakewell and Manchester. (1) Photographic record. (2, 3) A grade II listed railway viaduct, embankment and overbridge, built in 1851-2, to carry the Rowsley to Buxton extension of the Midland Railway over the River Derwent. It is constructed of massive coursed gritstone with rock-faced dressings. The slightly curved viaduct section to the east end comprises four semi-circular headed arches, springing from rock-faced padstones, set on rectangular piers rising from rounded cutwaters. A shallow parapet sits on a plain band course, with plain 20th century railings above. On the northern side, at either end of the viaduct, shallow raking buttresses support the abutments. Further to the west, a substantial embankment is faced with masonry on its northern face. This embankment is pierced at the western end by a narrow stilted semi-circular arched opening over a trackway. The arch is flanked by shallow pilaster-like buttresses, extending from which are downward sloping splayed and coped abutments, terminating at plain stone piers. (4)

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Personal Observation: Smith, K (PPJPB). K Smith (Peak Park Joint Planning Board) personal communication. 1999.
  • <2> Photograph: Peak District National Park Authority (PDNPA). Black and white photograph collection. 456:16-19.
  • <3> Photograph: Peak District National Park Authority (PDNPA). Slide Collection. 12214:1-4.
  • <4> Listed Building File: Historic England. 2011. The National Heritage List for England. NHLE No: 1367028.



Grid reference Centred SK 2557 6598 (84m by 36m) Approximate

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Nov 12 2023 5:35PM

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