London Road Viaduct in Brighton, by Neil Hooting, is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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Discover Chris Riddell's Love Letter to the London Road Viaduct, Brighton

This February, we asked well-known personalities to tell us about the buildings they couldn’t live without. Here is a love letter by Chris Riddell, artist and political cartoonist.

The London Road Viaduct is a Grade II* listed building.

I have loved the Brighton viaduct for as long as I’ve lived in Brighton.

Chris Riddell's Love Letter to the London Road Viaduct in Brighton
© Chris Riddell

Chris Riddell's love letter to the London Road Viaduct, Brighton

"I have loved the Brighton viaduct for as long as I’ve lived in Brighton. I discovered it as a student, as I walked down the London Road looking for interesting things to photograph for an art school project.

I love its Victorian heft, the sheer scale of the brick work and the way the viaduct looms over the street like some prehistoric creature. Standing beneath its arches is a pleasure, as is travelling along it from Brighton station to London Road station, and my front door."

Chris Riddell was inspired by the Victorian architecture of the London Road Viaduct to design the city-state of Sanctaphrax in The Edge Chronicles.
Chris Riddell was inspired by the Victorian architecture of the London Road Viaduct to design the city-state of Sanctaphrax in The Edge Chronicles. © Chris Riddell

About Chris Riddell

Chris Riddell, the 2015-2017 UK Children's Laureate, is an accomplished artist and the political cartoonist for the Observer.

His books have won a number of major prizes, including an unprecedented 3 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medals in 2001, 2004 and 2016. Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse won the Costa Children's Book Award 2013.

Chris was honoured with an OBE for services to illustration and charity in 2018. He lives in Brighton with his family.

Chris Riddell
© Chris Riddell
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