Digswell Viaduct

monument to engineering

By Llinos Thomas

Engineering drawing, [DE/Gr/27]
Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies

As well as the men themselves, there are some fascinating records within the collections which reveal great scientific achievements. This viaduct, 1,545 feet long and 97 feet high at the centre of its 40 arches, is a wonderful monument to the engineering of the railway age.

Built to carry the Great Northern railway over the Mimram Valley, it was designed by William Cubitt, the architect of Kings Cross station, and the project was managed by the engineer Thomas Brassey. It cost £69,397 to build and is estimated to contain over 13 million bricks all of which were made very near to the viaduct itself.

This page was added on 05/10/2009.

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  • I remember in 1951 watching the Royal train carrying the body of George V1 go over the Viaduct, Sad mememory but have many happy memories growing up in the 50s in Digswelll

    By Robin Richmond (30/03/2022)
  • Following a book about the line from London to Aberdeen I was strongly recommended to see this awesome viaduct , and you site was suggested,
    Apologising and thanking you for the opportunity for leaving my comment, I frankly was expecting more from your page
    Kind Regards

    By Ida (22/07/2021)