Photographer's Note

Good Morning Everyone,

My photograph, today, shows a scene from the charming market town of Knaresborough.

Please open in large format for best view.

This is the River Nidd which flows through a deep gorge, with the town of Knaresborough built along the valley floor and up the steep sides.

The Victorian viaduct, straddles the river, whilst along the banks of the river are cafes and restaurants, and places to hire rowing boats.

The Victorian viaduct, which carries the Harrogate line over the water, has quite a history.

Just as the viaduct had been almost completed, it collapsed into the River Nidd on 11 March 1848. The resultant noise of the falling masonry was said to have lasted for five minutes. Whilst there was no official inquiry, it is believed that the collapse of the viaduct was down to a combination of bad workmanship, poor materials and excess water in the swollen river below as a result of heavy rain over a period of two months.

A new viaduct was started in 1848 with stone quarried from the same quarry that was used in the castle and other buildings in the town.

A replacement viaduct was opened on 1 October 1851 costing £9,803, and was constructed with castellated walls and piers to blend in with the ruined walls of Knaresborough Castle. It consists of four arches and three piers, the middle of which stands in the water.

Railway mapping records the viaduct as being 330 feet (100 m)long, 78 feet (24 m) high, and each span is 56.9 feet (17.3 m) across. The height of the parapets is only 35 inches (88 cm) which has led to Network Rail installing temporary fencing to protect workers when maintenance is underway on the structure. - Wikipedia

This view was taken from high up, on the castle walls.

I will add a further view as a workshop.

Have a lovely Sunday, Bev :-)

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