The Dutton Viaduct, River Weaver, Cheshire, 1848.
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One of a series of lithographs by Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait (1819-1905) based on his own drawings, published by Bradshaw & Blacklock, Manchester, showing the viaduct crosing the River Mersey. The Dutton Viaduct was built by Joseph Locke (1805-1860) from designs by George Stephenson (1781-1848) to carry the Grand Union Railway over the valley of the River Weaver in Cheshire. It was completed on 9 December 1836 and opened in July 1837. Stephenson was the engineer for the Stockton & Darlington Railway (1825) and the Liverpool & Manchester Railway (1829) and was considered the 'father of railways'. The Dutton Viaduct was still in use at the start of the 21st century.