Help Save Smardale Gill Viaduct

Smardale Gill Viaduct is at risk.  The stonework on this iconic building is severely damaged by water and needs urgent repair and we have launched a JUST GIVING fundraising campaign.

It’s history

Smardale Gill Viaduct was designed by Cumbrian engineer Sir Thomas Bouch for the South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway in 1861 to carry coke to the steel works in Barrow. Constructed of local sandstone it towers 90 feet above the valley and its 14 x 30ft arches span 553ft across the valley.

The campaign

Thirty years after the Trust saved it, Smardale Gill Viaduct is once again in need of substantial renovation.  In a recent comprehensive survey structural engineers found that water penetration has caused significant damage to the stonework.  The viaduct deck is in urgent need of waterproofing and new drainage to prevent further deterioration. Only then can the major repairs to several of the stone piers of the viaduct be conducted.

The estimated costs of all this vital work to preserve Smardale Gill Viaduct is around £1million.  Initially, Eden Viaducts needs to raise in the region of £90,000 to make the viaduct water-tight.

Eden Viaducts is asking for help to raise the funds needed for this important Victorian monument and has launched a Just Giving fundraising campaign.

How to donate

Donations can be made via

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or, you may prefer to start your own campaign on our behalf:

Every single donation helps.

Neil Cleeveley, Chair of Northern Viaduct Trust said:

“We desperately need to make sure that water can no longer penetrate from the surface of the viaduct into its stonework. Until we have the funds to do this the viaduct remains at risk. Some of the piers are in a poor state and we cannot allow things to get much worse. We are a small charity, run by volunteers and with no income. I hope that people will rally round and help us save this iconic piece of our Victorian heritage.