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Causey Arch, Stanley

Categories: Bridges, Tourist Spots
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The Causey Arch is a bridge near Stanley in County Durham, northern England. It is the oldest surviving single-arch railway bridge in the world, and a key element of the industrial heritage of England.It was built in 1725–26 by stonemason Ralph Wood, funded by a conglomeration of coal-owners known as the "Grand Allies" (founded by Colonel Liddell and the Hon. Charles Montague) at a cost of £12,000. Two tracks crossed the Arch: one (the "main way") to take coal to the River Tyne, and the other (the "bye way") for returning the empty wagons. Over 900 horse-drawn wagons crossed the arch each day using the Tanfield Railway.When the bridge was completed in 1726, it was the longest single-span bridge in the country with an arch span of, a record it held for thirty years until 1756 when a bridge was built in Pontypridd, Wales.An inscription on a sundial at the site reads "Ra. Wood, mason, 1727". Use of the Arch declined when Tanfield Colliery was destroyed by fire in 1739.The Arch was restored and reinforced in the 1980s. There are a series of scenic public paths around the area and the Causey Burn which runs underneath it. The quarry near the bridge is a popular spot for local rock climbers.
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  • This area has a great walking route for all the family. The kids love to catch a glimpse of the Tanfield Railway trains steaming through the forest. There is also a great cafe on site that offers a go...  read more »
  • For historic reasons its worth a visit. Theres plenty of information available at the site and if you are lucky you may get to see the steam train in action. Its a nice walk at any time of year. 
  • A lovely short walk for all the family an ideal for little bug hunts with children. Close to Tanfield railway so you might see a stream train. 
  • The worlds first railway bridge is definitely worth a visit, particularly if you include it with a trip on the worlds first railway!
  • My heritage! Awesome to find this!
  • Really nice walks to be had in the area. Ideal!
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