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County Durham (Unitary Authority)
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NZ 20126 55896


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


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Books and journals
Lewis, T J M , Early Wooden Railways, (1970), 150
Lewis, T J M , Early Wooden Railways, (1970), 155
Lewis, T J M , Early Wooden Railways, (1970), 156
Tomlinson, W W , History of the North Eastern Railway, (1967), 9
'Archaeologia Aeliana' in Archaeologia Aeliana, , Vol. 12, (1984), 223-6


This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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Date: 13 May 2000
Reference: IOE01/00001/14
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