Construction of Whitby’s Larpool Viaduct

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Whitby’s Larpool Viaduct is featured in the first of our photos supplied by Whitby Memories Facebook Group.

It is thought to have been built between 1882 and 1884, avoiding the use of iron due to its close proximity to the sea. It was built by John Waddell & Sons, bridge engineers of Edinburgh. It has 13 arches, is 915 ft long and 120 ft at its highest point above the River Esk.

The last passenger train to go over on route from Whitby to Scarborough was in March 1965. The viaduct was mentioned in Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula. There were no fatalities during construction, though two men did fall but later recovered.