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Cast Iron Underbridges

Glyne Gap Viaduct, Southease Glyne Gap Viaduct, Southease, photographed on 4th August 2007.

photograph by Gregory Beecroft

 
Glyne Gap Viaduct, Southease.

photograph by Gregory Beecroft

Glyne Gap Viaduct, Southease

Glyne Gap viaduct, between Lewes and Southease comprises five spans supported on brick abutments and cast iron piers. The main beams were also cast iron. When the bridge was strengthened, inner beams were replaced by plate girders, but the outer ones were retained, thereby maintaining the appearance of the bridge. The piers are in compression, so could be retained.

Turney Road bridge, West Dulwich Turney Road bridge, West Dulwich, photographed on 3rd February 2008.

photograph by Gregory Beecroft

 
Turney Road bridge, West Dulwich.

photograph by Gregory Beecroft

Turney Road bridge, West Dulwich

Turney Road bridge, Dulwich was one of several in the area that had to be designed to meet the requirements of Alleyn's College, the local landowner. The cast ironwork includes the College's monograms and armorial device. Renovation in 2002 included replacement of the cast iron beam and balustrade on the west side, which had been removed many years earlier following impact by a road vehicle.

Croxted Road bridge, Herne Hill Croxted Road bridge, Herne Hill, photographed on 3rd February 2008.

photograph by Gregory Beecroft

A similar bridge carries the Herne Hill to Tulse Hill line over Croxted Road.

Prince of Wales Drive bridge, Battersea Park, photographed on 2nd June 2009.

photograph by Gregory Beecroft

Prince of Wales Drive bridge, Battersea Par

A number of bridges in the Battersea Park area have been rebuilt, but retain attractive cast iron facades. The Brighton Line crosses over Prince of Wales Drive on this bridge which has wrought iron arches, with cast iron spandrels and parapets.

Battersea Park Road bridge, Battersea Park Battersea Park Road bridge, Battersea Park, photographed on 26th May 2007.

photograph by Gregory Beecroft

 
Battersea Park Road bridge, Battersea Park, photographed on 26th May 2007.

photograph by Gregory Beecroft

Battersea Park Road bridge, Battersea Park

This bridge, which carries the Brighton slow lines over Battersea Park Road, has been reconstructed with plate girders and a concrete deck. It is exceptional because of the ornate cast ironwork on its east side. It retains a cast iron arch with star decorations, but the highlight is the spandrels with oak leaves, acorns and the armorial device of the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway.

Battersea Park Road bridge, Battersea Park Battersea Park Road bridge, Battersea Park, photographed on 2nd June 2009.

photograph by Gregory Beecroft

The parallel fast lines bridge over Battersea Park Road has wrought iron arches and panelled spandrels, like those at Prince of Wales Drive. However, the cast iron parapet has lattice decoration.

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