Courtesy of the Science Museum | Licence: CC BY-NC-SA
Courtesy of the Science Museum | Licence: CC BY-NC-SA

View of Tanfield Arch in the County of Durham

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Description

Watercolour drawing by Joseph Atkinson 'View of Tanfield Arch in the County of Durham', Newcastle, England, 1800-1802

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Courtesy of the Science Museum

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Location

Causey Arch, Badgers Wood, Stanley, England

Country

Medium

Tww Comment

This single arch bridge was built to transport coal from the Tanfield Coal Works over the Cawsey Burn to the River Tyne. It was built by Ralph Wood, who later committed suicide, apparently wracked with fear that his construction would collapse. His fears were unfounded: the Causey Bridge, as it's known, is the oldest surviving single-arch railway bridge in the world.