The Viaduct

As the sun has been shining recently โ˜€๏ธ – (intermittently) we decided it would be good to take some photos ๐Ÿ“ท.

We headed to the Viaduct ๐ŸŽข or the Ouse Valley Viaduct ๐Ÿšฃ๐ŸŽข to give it, it’s proper name – and I may have climbed on it ๐Ÿ™Š, I have a feeling this is not allowed – but the photos really do look very good ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ“ท.

The Viaduct ๐ŸŽข ย is a wonderful feature of the Sussex countryside ๐ŸŒณ – it is just outside the town of Haywards Heath, and the London to Brighton railway line ๐Ÿš‚runs along the top of it. ย If you are travelling from London to Brighton by train ๐Ÿš‚, you want to look out of your window after Three Bridges, and on the approach to Haywards Heath station and you get a fun high up view ๐ŸŽข.

The Viaduct has 37 arches ๐ŸŽข, each 30 feet high. ย Whatย I like most of all, are the semi-circular arches in the supporting piers. ย If you go and stand underneath you can lookย through the middle, from one end to the other ๐Ÿ˜ฎ. ย I love the repeat pattern effect, with the arches getting smaller and smaller and smaller in the distance – it’s a really very impressive sight.

The Viaduct ๐ŸŽข was opened 1841 , and designed by the engineer John Urpeth Rastrick along with David Mocatta. ย It is 1,475 feet long and was built using 11 million bricks brought from the Netherlands.

There is a footpath that runs under it ๐Ÿšถ – on the road between Balcombe and Haywards Heath and it is well worth a look.

In the photos I am wearing a dress by Lucy Wang ๐Ÿ’•, some Toms espadrilles ๐Ÿ‘Ÿ and a metallic (removable) tattoo by Streak ๐Ÿ˜˜. ย The necklace came from a shop in Hove, but I am sadly not sure who made it – if anyway does I would love to know!

The photos were taken by Sarah Bray.

Alice xxx





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