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Report - Mann Dam, Cleckheaton - April 2016

Discussion in 'High Stuff' started by JakeWoodUnofficial, Apr 17, 2016.

  1. JakeWoodUnofficial

    JakeWoodUnofficial 28DL Full Member
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    Apr 12, 2016
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    Mann Dam is infamous in the area for the high number of suicides and 'accidental deaths' it has been part of. but its true past is below -

    1892 saw the London & North Western Railway gain powers to construct a 13-mile line through the industrial heart of West Yorkshire, from Mirfield to Leeds. Known as the Leeds New Line, the intention was to increase capacity by effectively four-tracking the existing route via Morley, albeit adopting a completely different alignment. The local topography brought with it many engineering difficulties which had to be overcome with sharp curves, challenging gradients and a couple of lengthy tunnels.

    Opening of the line came in October 1900. As a result of it passing some distance to the east of Cleckheaton, a lengthy approach road had to be built to link the station with the town centre, crossing 60 feet above Mann Dam on a 13-span viaduct of around 150 yards. It features minimalist girder piers on brick plinths with masonry copings. Comprising the deck are six longitudinal brick barrel vaults between cast iron beams, supported by transverse beams above each pier. The stone parapets have ashlar copings.

    The station, which was renamed Cleckheaton Spen in 1924, closed to passengers on 3rd January 1953. The line through it survived until January 1966, welcoming freight and express services. The viaduct was afforded a Grade II listing in 1984 and remains open as a footpath.

    Access is a doddle with it being a public foot path. We climbed the scaffolding currently surrounding the base of its legs for the strengthening work that is going to be performed. Next time we will venture along the top but it was just a glancing visit this time. The structure is stunning when up close! Vaulted brick work is impecable and really draws the eye.


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  2. Petershaw1984

    Petershaw1984 28DL Full Member
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    Can't believe I didn't know this existed and I've lived in Mirfield for over a decade. Great pics
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