For this weeks challenge I wanted to show you a man-made structure set against a background of nature. As luck would have it, I was in Ty Mawr Country Park last week to photograph the Cefn Viaduct which carries the railway across the park and the River Dee.
The viaduct was built in 1848 to carry the Shrewsbury to Chester Line, also known as the Severn–Dee Mainline (after the rivers on which Shrewsbury and Chester stand), across the River Dee. The engineer for the line was Henry Robertson, a partner in locomotive builders Beyer Peacock, while the contractor was Thomas Brassey in partnership with William Mackenzie and Robert Stephenson.
For all it’s size and importance I was unable to find out much about the Cefn Mawr viaduct.
Thomas Brassey, on the other hand was an English civil engineering contractor and manufacturer of building materials who was responsible for building much of the world’s railways in the 19th century. By 1847, he had built about one-third of the railways in Britain, and by time of his death in 1870 he had built one in every twenty miles of railway in the world.