Crawleyside Bank Railway Bridge, Durham

Consultants from AB Heritage conducted a Level 2 Historic Building Recording (HBR) survey in advance of works to infill and consolidate a former railway bridge at Crawleyside, Stanhope, Durham.

Crawley Bridge 1

View of the bridge (a slight rise in the road) looking SW

The HBR was undertaken to: conduct baseline research into the history of the bridge in order to understand its date of construction, duration, and its importance to the understanding of early railways in the North-East; produce a general written description of the key historic elements of the structure, together with any details on significant architectural features; provide a general photographic record with mark-up plans supplied by the client.

The original railway line in Crawleyside was the Stanhope and Tyne railway, constructed in the early 1830s. The line was intended to link the various limestone quarries and lead mines on the Pennines connecting them with South Shields at the mouth of the River Tyne but did briefly carry passengers in 1845. Historic mapping suggests a construction date for the Crawleyside Bridge of between 1857 and 1895.

Crawleyside Bridge

North-west elevation of bridge (2m scale)

Used to discharge Planning Condition

The surviving structure, although not a designated heritage asset, was considered to be of considerable interest from an industrial and transportation heritage perspective.

The HBR report produced by AB Heritage was used to discharge a condition as part of the planning consent granted by Durham County Council.

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