Wickham Bishops timber trestle railway viaduct, Wickham Bishops - Maldon

The last surviving timber trestle railway bridge in England. It comprises two adjoining viaducts, one crossing the River Blackwater, the second the Wickham Mill leat. The structures were part of the Braintree to Maldon branch line, built to carry freight and passengers inland from the port at Maldon. The line was operational between 1848 and 1966 although it closed to passenger traffic in 1964. Although there were extensive repairs in the 1990's, many timbers are suffering from rot and decay caused by damp, lack of maintenance and heavy tree growth across, and through, much of the monument.

Wickham Bishops timber trestle railway viaduct, Wickham Bishops - Maldon
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Site Details

    Designated Site Name:
    Wickham Bishops timber trestle railway viaduct
    Heritage Category:
    Scheduled Monument
    List Entry Number:
    1002126
    Local Planning Authority:
    Maldon
    Site Type:
    Transport > Railway transport site

Location

    Building Name:
    Wickham Bishops timber trestle railway viaduct
    County:
    Essex
    District / Borough:
    Maldon
    Parish:
    Wickham Bishops
    Parliamentary Constituency:
    Witham
    Region:
    East of England

Assessment Information

    Assessment Type:
    Building or structure
    Condition:
    Very bad
    Occupancy / Use:
    Vacant/not in use
    Priority:
    C - Slow decay; no solution agreed
    Ownership:
    Local authority