SK3446 : Gibfield Lane railway bridge

taken 1 year ago, near to Belper, Derbyshire, Great Britain

Gibfield Lane railway bridge
Gibfield Lane railway bridge
Belper Railway cutting :: SK3447
When the North Midland Railway was engineered between 1839-40 by George and Robert Stephenson, it was found necessary to create a cutting through the town of Belper. This was partly at the insistent of the Strutts to ensure a minimum of visual intrusion.

To reduce land-take, a narrow cutting was created, with curved stone linings, running from New Road in the south to north of Long Row, with the exception of the section where the station was created. A further section of retaining wall exists on the east side of the railway to the south of Gibfield Lane.

A series of bridges of essentially identical design were built for the various roads which crossed the line. The bridges and cutting were designed by A.M.Ross, resident engineer for this section of the construction of the railway.

Cutting and bridges all survive in largely original condition and all are separately Listed Grade II. The line is considered to be amongst the best-preserved examples of the pioneering phase of railway development in England.
Listed Buildings and Structures
Listed buildings and structures are officially designated as being of special architectural, historical or cultural significance. There are over half a million listed structures in the United Kingdom, covered by around 375,000 listings.
Listed status is more commonly associated with buildings or groups of buildings, however it can cover many other structures, including bridges, headstones, steps, ponds, monuments, walls, phone boxes, wrecks, parks, and heritage sites, and in more recent times a road crossing (Abbey Road) and graffiti art (Banksy 'Spy-booth') have been included.

In England and Wales there are three main listing designations;
Grade I (2.5%) - exceptional interest, sometimes considered to be internationally important.
Grade II* (5.5%) - particularly important buildings of more than special interest.
Grade II (92%) - nationally important and of special interest.

There are also locally listed structures (at the discretion of local authorities) using A, B and C designations.

In Scotland three classifications are also used but the criteria are different. There are around 47,500 Listed buildings.
Category A (8%)- generally equivalent to Grade I and II* in England and Wales
Category B (51%)- this appears generally to cover the ground of Grade II, recognising national importance.
Category C (41%)- buildings of local importance, probably with some overlap with English Grade II.

In Northern Ireland the criteria are similar to Scotland, but the classifications are:
Grade A (2.3%)
Grade B+ (4.7%)
Grade B (93%)

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Date Taken
Sunday, 9 July, 2017   (more nearby)
Sunday, 16 July, 2017
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Roads, Road transport  Railways 
Bridge (from Tags)
Road Over Railway 
Period (from Tags)
Mid 19th Century 
Date (from Tags)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 3478 4693 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:1.1127N 1:28.9794W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 3475 4695
View Direction
East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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Grade II Listed 

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