Causey Arch

13 May 2000
Causey Arch, Causey Road, Stanley, Derwentside, Durham
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.

NZ 25 NW STANLEY CAUSEY ROAD (West side, off) 3/162 Causey Arch 19/7/50 GV I Wagonway bridge. 1727 by Ralph Wood for Mr. Wortley and Col. Liddell; dated on stone at foot of west abutment signed B. Horne; formerly also dated on sundial signed Ralph Wood. Coursed squared sandstone with ashlar dressings. 105' long and 80' high, on round arch of 3 courses of voussoirs, the inner recessed; wide buttresses. Probably originally without parapets; C20 railing added.

Considered to be the first railway bridge in the world; an example of the early technological skills of the Northumberland and Durham coalfield engineers.

Source: J.C. Mann, 'Causey Arch - a Note' in Archaeologia Aeliana 5 XII (1984), 223-6.

T.J.M. Lewis Early Wooden Railways, 1970 pp 150, 155, 156.

W.W. Tomlinson North Eastern Railway, 1914, second ed. K. Hoole, Newton Abbott, 1967, p.9.

Listing NGR: NZ2012655896


This is part of the Series: IOE01/0486 IOE Records taken by Bob Cottrell; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Mr Bob Cottrell. Source: Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

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Photographer: Cottrell, Bob

Rights Holder: Cottrell, Bob


Ashlar, Sandstone, Stuart Bridge, Georgian Monument (By Form), Transport, Railway Bridge, Railway Transport Site, Wagonway, Tramway, Tramway Transport Site, Road Transport Site, Date Stone, Commemorative, Commemorative Stone, Commemorative Monument, Railings, Barrier