The Viaduct

As the sun has been shining recently ☀️ – (intermittently) we decided it would be good to take some photos 📷.

We headed to the Viaduct 🎢 or the Ouse Valley Viaduct 🚣🎢 to give it, it’s proper name – and I may have climbed on it 🙊, I have a feeling this is not allowed – but the photos really do look very good 😃📷.

The Viaduct 🎢  is a wonderful feature of the Sussex countryside 🌳 – it is just outside the town of Haywards Heath, and the London to Brighton railway line 🚂runs along the top of it.  If you are travelling from London to Brighton by train 🚂, 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 🎢.

The Viaduct has 37 arches 🎢, each 30 feet high.  What I like most of all, are the semi-circular arches in the supporting piers.  If you go and stand underneath you can look through the middle, from one end to the other 😮.  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 🎢 was opened 1841 , and designed by the engineer John Urpeth Rastrick along with David Mocatta.  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 🚶 – 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 💕, some Toms espadrilles 👟 and a metallic (removable) tattoo by Streak 😘.  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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One thought on “The Viaduct

  1. What marvellous photos dear Alice – a brilliant blog!! W xxxx

    Sent from my iPhone

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