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“An amazing bit of Victoriana” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ouse Valley Viaduct

Ouse Valley Viaduct
Bordehill Lane, Haywards Heath, England
07786 338615
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Chichester, United Kingdom
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“An amazing bit of Victoriana”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

The viaduct was built in 1840 for then London and Brighton Railway that opened the following year. It is essentially an all brick viaduct with some 30 double arches towering 100 feet over the valley floor. It was designed and built by David Mocatta and J U Rastrick who also designed Brighton Station. It is maintained to a very high standard and now carries around 20 8 or 12 car trains an hour in the peak compared with the one or two lightweight train when it was built. Well worth a visit from the adjacent road, Borde Hill Lane running from Haywards Heath to Balcombe

Visited June 2013
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West Sussex
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“Railway history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

I frequently drive past the viaduct on the Balcombe - Haywards Heath Road and even after 30+ years of seeing it and travelling across it on the London-Brighton line it is still impressive. One day I must make time to park up and actually look at it closely, it certainly deserves closer inspection judging from the many photographs I have seen. The bit that always amazes me is that all the bricks were carried there on barges on the river which, apart from being a feat in itself, is particularly strange bearing in mind that the river is now little more than a tiny stream. If you like Victorian architecture and/or railway engineering you will be more than satisfied I am sure.

Visited November 2012
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Brighton, England, United Kingdom
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“architechture”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

A very underrated piece of architecture along the Brighton to Victoira line. Just outside Haywards Heath.

Visited August 2012
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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“Victorian marvel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

After visiting Borde Hill Garden and getting a great view of the viaduct I drove down the road and was able to park close by and walk right up to it. An amazing feat of engineering and you can get some really great photos if you look down the arches!

Visited October 2012
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“Unusual and interesting sight”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

Take a walk to the viaduct and get right up close to look through the centre of the viaduct - it is a really awesome sight.

Visited August 2012
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