Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Ribblehead Viaduct and St. Leonard’s church at Chapel-le-Dale

Part two from last weekends` trip.
(Most of the following words are from Wikipedia)
The Ribblehead Viaduct
The Ribblehead Viaduct carries the Settle – Carlisle Railway across Batty Moss in the valley of the River Ribble, in North Yorkshire. The viaduct was built by the Midland Railway is a Grade 2 listed structure. The land underneath and around the viaduct, is where the remains of the construction camp and navvy settlements were located is a scheduled monument.

St. Leonard’s church at Chapel-le-Dale
The viaduct was designed by engineer, John Sydney Crossley. The first stone was laid on 12 October 1870 and the last in 1874 One thousand navvies built the viaduct and established shanty towns on the moors for themselves and their families.

St. Leonard’s church at Chapel-le-Dale
There were smallpox epidemics and deaths from industrial accidents. Around one hundred navvies were killed during its construction. There are around 200 burials of men, women, and children in the graveyard at St. Leonard’s church at Chapel-le-Dale dating from the time of its construction. The church has a memorial to the railway workers.

St. Leonard’s church at Chapel-le-Dale
Chapel-le-Dale is much smaller than Settle with only a few houses there now, but is home to St. Leonard’s church

St. Leonard’s church at Chapel-le-Dale
St. Leonard’s church is a grade II listed building, built in the late 17th century with some 18th century additions. According to English Heritage, it was vastly restored in 1869.

The memorial to the railway workers at
St. Leonard’s church at Chapel-le-Dale

St. Leonard’s church at Chapel-le-Dale

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