Helmshore Viaduct, Lancashire, c 1850-1870.
© NRM / Pictorial Collection / Science & Society Picture Library
Oil painting of the viaduct on the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway near the village of Helmshore in Lancashire. The undulating terrain of the area meant that of the 580 miles of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway's track, only 25 miles was on level ground, and over 100 tunnels and viaducts were necesary. Helmshore is situated in Rosendale, one of the more scenic parts of Lancashire. There were many textile mills in the area, some of which are shown in the background of this painting.