SK4832 : Tamworth Road railway bridge, Sawley

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

Tamworth Road railway bridge, Sawley
Tamworth Road railway bridge, Sawley
Built in 1839 for the Midland Counties Railway. Listed Grade II it has historical significance as a very early example of a skew arch. See LinkExternal link for the very comprehensive description of the history of the bridge.

A feature of the bridge has always been its very restricted headroom, which has always prevented the use of double deck buses. Local operator Barton Transport experimented with an ultra-low-height bus LinkExternal link but were never permitted to use it on services under the bridge. As can be seen in the picture, even with the roadway dipping to a lower level under the bridge the allowed height is only 12 ft 3 inches/3.7 metres. Even when first built this was a problem, as the turnpike trustees were concerned about flooding and insisted on a second small arch alongside (at normal ground level) but of course more restricted headroom still. See LinkExternal link
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%)

…read more at wikipedia LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Monday, 1 January, 2018   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 5 January, 2018
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Suburb, Urban fringe  Roads, Road transport  Railways 
Bridge (from Tags)
Railway Over Road  Stone Arch 
Period (from Tags)
Mid 19th Century 
Date (from Tags)
1839 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 4811 3217 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:53.0907N 1:17.1890W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 4809 3215
View Direction
Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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Skew Bridge  Grade II Listed 

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