The Ouse Valley Viaduct

In this video I am off in search of probably the most elegant viaduct in Britain, the Ouse Valley Viaduct. Built to span the valley close to the village of Balcombe in Sussex as part of the London to Brighton railway in 1842, it is a splendid example of Victorian civil engineering.

Stretching across the Ouse Valley in Sussex, close to the village of Balcombe, the red brick Victorian railway architecture is a fabulous landmark and popular with walkers and photographers. I million bricks were used to build the edifice, shipped up the River Ouse, which in those days had been made into a canal and navigable from the port of Newhaven.