Photo-a-Day (Sunday, 8th September, 2013)
Photo: Mick Byrne (Sony HDR)
A strong statement.....in concrete.....which Adam was it named after Mick....cheers!!
If it has been listed then it is obviously of some importance, but I think it is ugly - especially in that battleship grey. Such an austere looking construction. Great shot though Mick.
Mick I've been told that they bring Engineering Students from all over to see this viaduct
Wallgate to Kirkby line. The bridge seemed to have been made to have a road under it...well done to road planers for making full use of it. The congestion has eased a little from Pottery Rd to Saddle junction.
Not everything made from concrete is horrible. Quite like this although it took me a while to place it.Should take more notice of our surroundings.
Have a look at 27th Sept.2008 P-a-D to see a similar view before the new road- Southgate - was built.
Liz; There`s a lot of info on this viaduct on Google but can`t find any info as to why it is named Adam.
Mick; You had a photo of this viaduct posted on 16th July 2011.
Mick It's good to see the before and after photos and it would be good to see what it was like before it was built.
Ann21 it would have just been a field before it was built.
According to Wigan MBC's list of Buildings of Special Hist/Arch Interest, the Viaduct is internationally recognised as the earliest pre-stressed railway bridge in England (only examples in Switzerland are considered to be earlier). It was built in 1947 by the then owners, London, Midland and Scottish Railway. The original was a wooden gantry which was built in the mid 19th century stretching from just south of the River to just north of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (shown on the 6 inch OS 1849). In 1867 gantry was replaced by an embankment.