Railway Viaduct, Penkridge

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Date:1950 - 1955 (c.)

Description:This postcard view shows the Seven Arches viaduct looking west from the A449 Wolverhampton Road at the old Junction with Levedale Road near Penkridge. In later years this junction was changed. On the left there is a glimpse of the River Penk between the trees as it flows under one of the viaduct arches. Also on the left by the gas light the road sign points towards Coppenhall and Haughton.

The Seven Arches viaduct over the River Penk, near Penkridge, was built by the Grand Junction Railway and opened in 1837. In later years the line became known as the Birmingham branch of the West Coast Main Line, with north to Stafford and south to Wolverhampton. The viaduct cost £6,000 and the contractor was Thomas Brassey. Each of the seven arches has a 30 foot span and is 37 feet high.

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Image courtesy of: The Arthur Lloyd Collection

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