SP3677 : Sowe Viaduct, Willenhall, southeast Coventry

taken 3 years ago, near to Willenhall, Coventry, Great Britain

Sowe Viaduct, Willenhall, southeast Coventry
Sowe Viaduct, Willenhall, southeast Coventry
This splendid structure carries the main railway line over the River Sowe on the east side of Coventry. Historic England records: "The Sowe Viaduct, completed in 1838, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
Date: an early example of a viaduct dating from the pioneering phase of railway development;
Architectural and engineering interest: the viaduct is well detailed and shows a skilful handling of the engineering challenge of crossing the River Sowe;
Historic interest: designed by Robert Stephenson, one of the most important transport engineers of the C19."
Railway history and more at LinkExternal link
Sowe Valley, Coventry
The River Sowe rises in Bedworth, flowing south towards Coventry; it winds through the city's eastern suburbs before joining the Warwickshire Avon near Stoneleigh. The Sowe Valley Footpath follows the river for over eight miles, mostly through naturalistic green spaces. LinkExternal link
Sowe railway viaduct, Coventry
The viaduct carries the double-track Rugby-Coventry railway across the River Sowe southeast of the city centre. It was the work of Robert Stephenson, chief engineer to the London and Birmingham railway, which opened here in 1838. It is listed Grade II. Historic England's listing LinkExternal link gives the reasons and much interesting detail.

As stated in the listing, there are many repairs in blue engineering brick to the orange brickwork. The extent of repairs might give cause for concern.

The viaduct can be reached by the Sowe Valley Footpath, which is signposted. It can be joined from Allard Way, Stoke Aldermoor; from the open space adjoining Euston Crescent or Mary Slessor Road, Willenhall; or from Langbank Avenue, Binley.

There is a closely similar, equally impressive viaduct by Stephenson across the River Sherbourne to the west Link but the Sowe viaduct is easier to get to, easier to see, and the location feels safer.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 22 December, 2016   (more nearby)
Sunday, 19 November, 2017
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Historic sites and artefacts  Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Railways 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 3651 7728 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:23.5399N 1:27.8947W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 3653 7725
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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