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Ouse Valley Viaduct, Haywards Heath

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Built in 1841, the Ouse Valley Viaduct over the River Ouse on the London-Brighton Railway Line north of Haywards Heath and south of Balcombe is long.DescriptionThe viaduct is high and is carried on 37 semi-circular arches, each of, surmounted by balustrades. Each pier contains a Jack arch with a semi-circular soffit to reduce the number of bricks required. At each end of the abutment is an ornamental square open tower, the brickwork of which is faced with stone from Heddon Quarries near Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The viaduct was designed by engineer for the line John Urpeth Rastrick in association with the architect of the London to Brighton railway, David Mocatta. It has been described as “probably the most elegant viaduct in Britain.”HistoryThe viaduct was opened in July 1841. The 11 million bricks needed for its construction were shipped up the Ouse River (via Newhaven and Lewes) from the Netherlands. It cost £38,500 to build (equivalent to about £3½ million in 2014).The structure is a Grade II* listed building and was restored in 1996 with grants from the Railway Heritage Trust and English Heritage. Matching stone was imported from France, to ensure a close match with the existing balustrades and pavilions.
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  • A short walk from the road along a public footpath is this amazing viaduct. With 37 arches each built with a soffit to reduce the number of bricks and weight of the structure this is an awesome view. ...  read more »
  • This is amazing. I was absolutly astonished by this increadable piece of enginering what an achetcture boom. Huge. Funtastic. I loved it. My girlfriend loved it. Blown away. 
  • You might notice this on the way past in the car, or you might not. It is high and big and possibility of architectural value(hence 2 spots) and I have walked underneath it. It says something of Haywa...  read more »
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