The Ouse Valley Viaduct on the London & Brighton Railway, mid 19th century.
© NRM / Pictorial Collection / Science & Society Picture Library
Pencil and watercolour drawing by W Richardson showing a rural view of the Ouse Valley Viaduct, with three men and a pack of dogs in the foreground. The London & Brighton Railway Company was founded in the 1830s to provide a direct route from London to the increasingly popular resort of Brighton, Sussex. The engineer George Rennie (1791-1866), proposed a route which incorporated a viaduct across the Ouse Valley near Ardingly. Completed in March 1841, it is constructed of 37 arches.