Lydbrook, The Viaduct demolition.
this photo with my brother we concluded that the activity indicates the
start of the work of dismantling the viaduct in 1965. Several tons of
the dressed stone were taken away to build the Mile End Cemetery entrance
and boundary wall. Some of the blocks were quite large and expertly dressed
and faced. Some stone also was taken away by a local haulage firm to
Wilderness Quarry near Mitcheldean. The roof to the left of the crane
derrick was the roof of the pumping station. This was a new brick building
erected around 1960 to house pumps which propel sewage beyond the Edison
Swan or CPC works to filter beds. The General Stores was sited at the
base of the left hand pillar. This building burned down on a snowy morning
in 1940. When rebuilt, it was only a single storey with a flat roof.
The river Wye a couple of hundred yards down the road has flooded past
these properties at times of excessive rain. Looking through the pillars
across the river Wye the buildings on the hillside were part of the Vaughn
Estate, a dedicated Catholic family. A herd of 99 deer was kept on the
estate until the late 1950's. The tall tree is a Wellingtonia. These
trees of the North American Sequoia family were named to honour the duke
of Wellington and his victory over Napoleon at the battle of Waterloo
Part of the Viaduct railings still exist a few miles from Lydbrook.
- Ken W Sollars.
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