Railway Viaduct, Penkridge

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Date:1950 - 1955 (c.)

Description:This postcard view shows the Seven Arches viaduct looking south from Levedale Road towards Penkridge. In the foreground is the River Penk, on the left is the tower of St. Michael and All Angels' Church which dates from the 13th century and in the centre by the embankment is Penkridge gas-holder also known as a gasometer.

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.

This postcard was published by Landscape View Publishers of Market Harborough.

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Image courtesy of: The Arthur Lloyd Collection

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