"Welwyn Viaduct" Welwyn Things to Do Tip by Willettsworld

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The Welwyn Viaduct isn't strictly in Welwyn but just to the north of Welwyn Garden City and south of a village called Digswell, from which it also goes by the name of Digswell Viaduct. It's a very large local landmark that carries the twin track East Coast Main Line over the River Mimram. The viaduct is around 1,560ft (475m) long and comprises forty arches of 30ft (9.1m) span, and is 100ft (30m) high from ground level to track bed. It is built of brick fired from brick clay quarried on site during construction, and took two years to build.

It was originally opened by Queen Victoria on 6th August 1850, but she was so frightened of its height that she refused to travel across it. The train carrying her had to stop, upon which she left the train and entered a horse drawn carriage to travel the length of the bridge on the ground. She then re-entered the train at the other end of the viaduct and continued her journey.

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  • Written Jun 2, 2009
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