Holborn Valley Viaduct, London, as projected in 1867.

Holborn Valley Viaduct, London, as projected in 1867.
3 0 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 22cm

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Plate from the 'Illustrated London News' (Vol 67/1 596). The viaduct, was designed to improve the situation created by the Fleet River in the Holborn Valley, which forced traffic up a steep hill causing terrible distres to horses 'to the disgust of every person who posesed the slightest feeling of kindnes and tendernes.' The three-arch skew bridge of cast iron composed of 'a perfect honeycomb work of arches', was designed by William Haywood (d. 1894), and its completion cost £2.1 milllion. The viaduct was opened by the Queen in 1869.

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