Heritage Locations

Saddleworth Viaduct

Fine curving stone viaduct straddling the Huddersfield Narrow Canal


Period of construction:
1800 - 1849

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Wool Road, Oldham, Greater Manchester OL3 6BU


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Until the arrival of the canal and then the railway, this area of the West Riding of Yorkshire was remote. It was the only part of Yorkshire west of the Pennines.

The Huddersfield Narrow Canal runs just under 32 km (20 miles) from Lock 1E at what is now the rear of the University of Huddersfield campus, near Aspley Basin, to the junction with the Ashton Canal at Whitelands Basin in Ashton-under-Lyne. It crosses the Pennines by means of seventy four locks and the Standedge Tunnel.

 Completed in 1849 for the LNWR on its line from Manchester to Huddersfield, this impressive stone structure carries the railway over the Huddersfield Narrow Canal. Its twenty two semi-circular arches are on a gentle curve; three of them, where the canal and two roads are crossed, are skewed. The engineer/architect was A.S. Jee.

The viaduct is a Grade II Listed Structure.


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Fox, P. & Fox, M., Pennine Passage: History of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, Huddersfield Canal Society, ISBN-10: 0951427008 (1988)

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Turnock, David, An Historical Geography of Railways, Ashgate, ISBN 1 85928 450 7 (1998)

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How To Find:

By road: On A670

By boat: On the Huddersfield Narrow Canal


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