Knaresborough Viaduct

The viaduct connects Knaresborough with Harrogate on the Harrogate line, in North Yorkshire, England.[8] The line was built in 1848 with the Leeds and Thirsk Railway creating a branch from their line at Starbeck railway station to go through Knaresborough and connect with the line that was being built westwards from York as part of the East and West Yorkshire Junction Railway.[9] Just as the viaduct had been almost completed, it collapsed into the River Nidd on 11 March 1848.[10] The resultant noise of the falling masonry was said to have lasted for five minutes. Whilst there was no official inquiry, it is believed that the collapse of the viaduct was down to a combination of bad workmanship, poor materials and excess water in the swollen river below as a result of heavy rain over a period of two months.[11] Despite the collapse, the centre span was still in-situ and had to be demolished before work could start again on a replacement viaduct.[12]

Knaresborough Viaduct

Knaresborough Viaduct

Knaresborough Viaduct

8 Comments CherryPie on Nov 22nd 2020

8 Responses to “Knaresborough Viaduct”

  1. Mark in Mayenne says:

    Bonjour Cherie, and a happy Sunday to you.

  2. Beautiful. I really loved Knaresborough when we visited a few years ago.

  3. shabana says:

    exquisite bridge :) you captured it so so beautifully :)

  4. Such great photos of this viaduct. One can feel the ancient winds even if it´s nearly 200 years old.

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