Sunday, April 08, 2007

Viaduct and Old Welwyn

Katy and were married in the Evangelical Church, Welwyn, August 1969 and now thanks to her present I can survey Welwyn from above.

The first place familiar to me was the railway viaduct near Welwyn. The Welwyn Viaduct, also called Digswell Viaduct is a famous viaduct over the River Mimram and a locally important landmark. It is located between Welwyn Garden City and Digswell. It is just to the south of Welwyn North railway station.
It was originally opened by Queen Victoria on 6 August 1850.
I do not know it the story is apocryphal but Queen Victoria had a distrust of this viaduct. When going north by rail on this the Edinburgh line, she would detrain south of the viaduct and be taken by coach to rejoin her train north of the chasm.

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