Ouse Valley Viaduct, Haywards Heath

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The Ouse Valley Viaduct carries the London-Brighton Railway Line over the River Ouse in Sussex. The crossing, which is north of Haywards Heath and south of Balcombe, was completed in 1841. The 11 million bricks needed for its construction were shipped up the Ouse River from the Netherlands. It cost £38,500 to build. 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."HistoryWork to build the ornate viaduct began shortly after an Act of Parliament was passed in July 1837 giving the London & Brighton Railway company assent to construct the line to the south coast. More than 11 million bricks were shipped across the English Channel from the Netherlands to Newhaven and Lewes. Caen stone was also brought from Normandy in France. Building materials were transported to the construction site on barges up the Ouse River Navigation.
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  • Lovely place to walk with a dog. Stunning architecture, a hidden gem in our own county. Very near Borde Hill gardens and Hayward’s heath.  more »
  • Typing postcode RH16 1XP will take you to Borde Hill Lane in Haywards Heath and continuing slight further north on the road will bring the Victorian viaduct into clear view. The 39 arches stretch acro...  more »
  • By far the highlight on the Brighton line, the viaduct opens up a lovely vista of the Sussex Low Weald on the approach to Haywards Heath. I always make sure I look out of the window. Better still is t...  more »
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  • If there is one structure that blows my mind it's this one. I had seen friends posting photos of being here which made me want to visit it even more. Whether you're a photographer or just a walker this is a must see bridge for anyone who lives in West Sussex.
  • Magnificent example of amazing architecture.
  • lovely place to explore with dogs, outstanding beauty, great example of British engineering
  • Fantastic for photography
  • Stunning when viewed from the train!

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