Sowe railway viaduct, Coventry :: Shared Description

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.
by Robin Stott
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SP3677 : Side arches, east side of railway viaduct over the River Sowe, Willenhall, Coventry by Robin Stott
SP3677 : Steep drop to the River Sowe near the railway viaduct, Willenhall, southeast Coventry by Robin Stott
SP3677 : Sowe Viaduct, Willenhall, southeast Coventry by Robin Stott
SP3677 : Accessible side arch, railway viaduct over the Sowe, Willenhall, southeast Coventry by Robin Stott
SP3677 : Underside of central arch, railway viaduct over the River Sowe, Willenhall, Coventry by Robin Stott
SP3677 : River Sowe immediately upstream from the railway viaduct, Willenhall, Coventry by Robin Stott
SP3677 : Corner of side arch, railway viaduct over the River Sowe, Willenhall, southeast Coventry by Robin Stott
SP3677 : Southern approach to the railway viaduct over the River Sowe, Willenhall, Coventry by Robin Stott
SP3677 : Retained stone dressing, Sowe railway viaduct, Willenhall, southeast Coventry by Robin Stott
SP3677 : Banks of the River Sowe north of the railway viaduct, Coventry by Robin Stott
SP3677 : 1838 railway viaduct over the River Sowe, Willenhall, southeast Coventry by Robin Stott
SP3677 : River Sowe beneath Sowe Viaduct, southeast Coventry by Robin Stott


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Created: Fri, 19 Apr 2019, Updated: Mon, 22 Apr 2019

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