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Clapton Junction Railway Viaduct

Clapton Junction Railway Bridge & Viaduct

A.V. Roe

Read the article and view a short BBC documentary on Roe and Walthamstow Marshes.


Date or period

Viaduct 1880s. A.V. Roe’s occupancy of one of the arches circa. 1909.

Current Designation


Group Value

Group value with the second world war machine gun post nearby.




Network Rail/ Lee Valley Regional Park Authority.

Built by the Great Eastern Railway Company around the 1880s, the viaduct carried their line north out of Liverpool Street via Clapton Station and over the River Lea Navigation to link with the existing Lea Valley Line and the Chingford Branch.

The bridge is a steel truss design (possibly not original) on brick piers with brick arches to each side. Thearches of the viaduct, which may have been enclosed with timber screens and doors, are now open and stripped out.

Two ragstone riverbank walls with large granite cap stones extending to approximately thirty metres on either bank may possibly be associated with the High Hill Ferry, or possibly with works to the riverbank associated with the construction of the railway bridge.

A plaque on the railway arches commemorates A.V. Roe (1877-1958) and the first all-British powered flight in 1909.

Roe's ‘Yellow Terror’ tri-plane was assembled under the arches and flew an historic 900 feet across the Walthamstow Marsh: The first Englishman to design, build and fly an all-British aeroplane. His inspiration for doing this had been the flight of the Wright brothers from Paris to London in 1903.

leabridge.org.uk December 2012