Interesting unknown engineering landmarks in the uk
Various Brunel structures between London and Bristol, there's a stunning railway bridge over the Thames up near Reading, Box Tunnel, and Clifton Suspension Bridge. There's a canal tunnel up near Cirencester, on the Thames and Severn canal at Sapperton, which is two miles long. It's not fully navigable at the moment, due to a collapse in the middle, but when it was in use boats were walked through by men who'd lie on a plank and walk along the tunnel wall propelling the narrow boat. Each journey took eight hours in the dark, and the men would overnight at a pub at either end, The Tunnel House Inn at Tarlton, and The Daneway at Sapperton. Both pubs are still there, and the canal and tunnel are undergoing restoration. An amazing feat of civil engineering, it was, I believe, the longest tunnel in the country at the time.Posted 7 years agoBoardinBobSubscriber
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Hasn't had any real updates in years though there are some amazing threads on the forum i.e.Posted 7 years agomidlifecrashesSubscriber
Another one for Middlesbrough, required by the same rules requiring the river to be navigable to large traffic as far as Stockton that brought the Transporter Bridge. This one's the Newport Bridge and I used to watch it going up and down from my classroom window at school.
Posted 7 years agoclubberMember
this aqueduct near Bristol. Spotted while on a cx ride but it's fairly well hidden unless you're close.Posted 7 years agoskoltMember
The A66 Keswick by-pass over the Greta gorge is an unusual winner of engineering awards:
In 1977 the bridge was awarded a Highly Commendation by the Concrete Society.
Readers of Concrete magazine however voted it Best Civil Engineering Structure of the Century in 1999.
Beverley Hughes MP, Minister for the Environment, unveiled a plaque, which is positioned beneath the bridge.
The Plaque reads:- ‘GRETA BRIDGE Voted Best Concrete Engineering Structure Of The Century September 1999 / Consulting Engineer : Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick & Partners / Contractor : Tarmac Construction / Maintained by The Highways Agency.
Posted 7 years agoianpinderMember
Cheers guys, planning a little trip, the brit museum courtyard is good, but my maths lecturer designed the roof, so I've heard of that one, some nice unknown bits there, the bridge on dartmoor, i lived near there and have never seen it. Would be interested in those tunnels in bath, thats where i went to uni.
keep them coming the more wierd and wonderfull the better.Posted 7 years agogusamcMember
Possibly not unknown, but dad was a lightkeeperPosted 7 years agoMidlandTrailquestsGrahamMember
If you're looking for less well known landmarks, there's two only a short walk from my house.
Victoria Bridge on the Severn Valley Railway.
Probably one of the most photographed bridges in the country, but only accessible by footpath, so there's not that many people have seen it for real from that angle..
A couple of miles further down stream, and far less well known, is the pipeline bridge carrying water from the Elan Valley to Birmingham.
The water falls by gravity, there are no pumps, so, as this is the lowest point, it is also the point of highest pressure.Posted 7 years ago
Again, it's only accessible by footpath or a tiny dead end lane.
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