Viaduct acros the Sankey Valley, Warrington, Cheshire, February 1831.
© NRM / Pictorial Collection / Science & Society Picture Library
Coloured aquatint, drawn by Thomas Talbot Bury and engraved by H Pyall, from a series entitled 'Six Coloured Views on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway', published by R Ackermann, 96 Strand, London. The viaduct was erected for the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, under the direction of George Stephenson (1781-1848). Designed by William Allcard, it was built of brick with stone facings, costing the company £45,000. Each of the nine arches spanned 50 feet, rising from slabs of local sandstone.