Bennerley Viaduct is a grade 2* listed railway viaduct built in 1877 by the Great Northern Railway Company. At over quarter of a mile long, it is the longest wrought iron viaduct in the country. It straddles the River Erewash connecting Ilkeston in Derbyshire with Awsworth in Nottinghamshire.
The “Iron Giant” has been described as being an “extraordinary monument” meriting inclusion in the 2020 World Monuments Watch*, one of only 25 sites chosen globally. Historic England consider the viaduct is a “stunning example of the genius of British engineering.”
The Friends of Bennerley Viaduct are dedicated to giving this “Iron Giant” a new lease of life. Working in partnership with the owners, Railway Paths Limited, an inspiring community driven project is bringing the iconic structure back to life. In 2021, Bennerley Viaduct should be re-opened to the public following fifty years of closure following a £1.4 million investment.
The best way to give the Viaduct the future it deserves is to become a member of the Friends of Bennerley Viaduct. For the cost of a cup of coffee and a piece of cake, you can become a member of the group and actively support this inspirational project.