Sherbourne railway viaduct, Coventry :: Shared Description

The viaduct carries the double-track Rugby-Coventry railway across the River Sherbourne 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. See Historic England's listing LinkExternal link which gives the reasons and much interesting detail.

There are blue-grey areas among the orange brickwork. Some are repairs in blue brick while others look like paint: covering graffiti perhaps or they may even be wartime camouflage. A growth of scrub and larger trees, festooned with ivy, prevents good views of the huge structure.

The viaduct may be reached by a network of footpaths, but the area is little visited and semi-wild. I did not feel safe. There is a route from Shortley Road that crosses, then follows the river upstream round to the north of the incinerator. It gets narrow. A path from Humber Road passes through two unlit subways to join the above route. A more reassuring way is to turn off the London Road for the Charterhouse. London Road is on bus routes and there is a small car park. Follow the river downstream past Blue Coat School towards the railway embankment. Keep to the east bank. A very narrow path above the river passes under the main span of the viaduct.

You may prefer not to go alone. There is a closely similar, equally impressive viaduct by Stephenson across the River Sowe to the east. Link It is easier to get to, easier to see, and the location feels somewhat safer.
by Robin Stott
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SP3477 : Footpath approaching the railway viaduct over the River Sherbourne, Coventry by Robin Stott
SP3477 : Approaching the railway viaduct over the River Sherbourne, Coventry by Robin Stott
SP3477 : River Sherbourne below Charterhouse Field, Coventry by Robin Stott
SP3477 : North side of railway viaduct over the River Sherbourne, Coventry by Robin Stott
SP3477 : Western side of the railway viaduct over the River Sherbourne, Coventry, from the north by Robin Stott
SP3477 : North end of a subway through the Coventry Loop Line embankment, Lower Stoke by Robin Stott
SP3477 : Bank of the River Sherbourne below the railway viaduct, Coventry by Robin Stott
SP3477 : River Sherbourne and footpath below the railway viaduct, Coventry by Robin Stott
SP3477 : North portal of a subway beneath the Rugby-Birmingham railway line by Robin Stott
SP3477 : Western side of the railway viaduct over the River Sherbourne, Coventry by Robin Stott
SP3477 : Eastern side arches, railway viaduct over the River Sherbourne, Coventry by Robin Stott
SP3477 : Best available view of the railway viaduct over the River Sherbourne, Coventry by Robin Stott
SP3477 : Eastern side arches, railway viaduct over the River Sherbourne, Coventry by Robin Stott
SP3477 : Open space by the River Sherbourne southeast of Blue Coat School, Coventry by Robin Stott
SP3477 : Central span, railway viaduct over the River Sherbourne, Coventry by Robin Stott
SP3477 : North portal of a subway beneath the Rugby-Birmingham railway line by Robin Stott
SP3477 : Eastern side of the Sherbourne railway viaduct, Coventry, seen from the south by Robin Stott


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Created: Tue, 16 Apr 2019, Updated: Mon, 22 Apr 2019

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