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Penrose announces Brunel listing bonanza

The government has added heritage protection to 42 structures on the railway line from London to Bristol

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport created 35 new listings on the Great Western mainline, and upgraded seven that were already listed.

English Heritage is working to safeguard historic buildings, bridges and tunnels on the route designed more than 170 years ago by Isambard Kingdom Brunel - the Victorian engineer played by Kenneth Branagh at the Olympic Opening Ceremony last Friday (27 July).

Line owner Network Rail petitioned earlier this year (AJ 30.05.2012) English Heritage to carry out the work in a proactive bid to avoid any last-minute listings of bridges that could threaten to derail a £350 million electrification overhaul of the route.

Wiltshire box tunnel, one of the most extensive of the pioneering Great Western Tunnels, has been listed at grade II, as has the Roman Road Bridge in Swindon, with its unusual rounded arch design.

Heritage minister John Penrose said: ‘Our railways and the historic buildings that go along with them are a wonderful and emotive part of our national heritage, symbolising for many of us a sense of romance, history and adventure. 

‘I am very pleased to be able to give these buildings, bridges and tunnels the extra protection that listing provides.’

The full list is:

• Stone Building on Island Platform at Swindon Railway Station, Swindon Borough – listed at Grade II (opened 1842)

• River Avon Viaduct, Wilts – listed at Grade II (1839-41)

• Moulsford Viaduct, S Oxon – upgraded from Grade II to II* (1838-40 with 1890-3 extension)

• Maidenhead Railway Bridge, S Bucks and Windsor and Maidenhead – upgraded from Grade II* to Grade I (1839)

• Fox’s Wood Tunnel West Portal, Bristol City – listed at Grade II* (1836-40)

• Saltford Tunnel West Portal, Bath and North East Somerset – listed at Grade II (1836-40)

• Saltford Tunnel East Portal, Bath and North East Somerset – listed at Grade II (1836-40)

• Box Tunnel East Portal, Wiltshire District – listed at Grade II (1836-40)

Box tunnel, Wiltshire

Source: Network Rail

Box tunnel, Wiltshire

• Chipping Sodbury Tunnel West Portal, South Glos District – listed at Grade II (1897-1903)

• Chipping Sodbury Tunnel East Portal, South Glos District – listed at Grade II (1897-1903)

• Six Vent Shafts above Chipping Sodbury Tunnel, South Glos District – listed at Grade II (1897-1903)

• Severn Tunnel East Portal, South Glos District – listed at Grade II* (1886)

• St Anne’s Tunnel West Portal, Bristol City – upgraded from Grade II to Grade II* (1836-40)

• St Anne’s Tunnel East Portal, Bristol City – upgraded from Grade II to Grade II* (1836-40)

• Twerton Wood Tunnel West Portal, Bath and North East Somerset – upgraded from Grade II to Grade II* (1836-40)

•Twerton Wood Tunnel East Portal, Bath and North East Somerset – upgraded from Grade II to Grade II* (1836-40)

• Southbury Lane Bridge, Wokingham Borough – listed at Grade II (1837-9, triple-arched)

• London Road Bridge, Wokingham Borough – listed at Grade II (1838-40, large triple-arched)

• Rockingham Road Bridge, West Berkshire District – listed at Grade II (1845-7, rare single-span segmental arch of unique design)

• Thame Lane Bridge, South Oxfordshire District – listed at Grade II (1843-4, rare flying segmental arch)

• Silly Bridge, South Oxfordshire District – listed at Grade II (1837-40, triple-arched, later extended 1890s)

• Bourton Church Bridge, Vale of the White Horse District – listed at Grade II (1838-40)

• Bourton Bridge, Vale of the White Horse District – listed at Grade II (1838-40)

• Potley Lane Bridge, Wiltshire District – listed at Grade II (1836-41, Bath stone, flying arch type)

• Green Bridge, Wiltshire District – listed at Grade II (1839-41)

• Roman Road Bridge, Swindon Borough – listed at Grade II (1839-40)

• Sydney Gardens Footbridge, Bath and North East Somerset – upgraded from Grade II to Grade II* (1841, last surviving example of a cast-iron bridge)

• Culham Station Overbridge, South Oxfordshire District – listed at Grade II (1844)

• Bridge near Swindon Road, Wiltshire District – listed at Grade II (1839-40, Swindon Portland stone, three semi-elliptical arches)

• Dauntsey Road Bridge, Wiltshire District – listed at Grade II

• Bridge Near Dauntsey, Wiltshire District – listed at Grade II

• Hunts Mill Road Bridge, Wiltshire District – listed at Grade II

• Tilehurst Road Bridge, Reading – listed at Grade II

• Bath Road Bridge, Reading – listed at Grade II

• Clay Lane Bridge, Bath and North East Somerset – listed at Grade II

• Pixash Lane Bridge, Bath and North East Somerset – listed at Grade II

• Keynsham Hams Bridge, Bath and North East Somerset – listed at Grade II

• Avon Mill Lane Bridge, Bath and North East Somerset – listed at Grade II

• Durley Lane Bridge, Bath and North East Somerset – listed at Grade II

• Stone Wharf Bridge, Bath and North East Somerset – listed at Grade II

• Highnams Farm Bridge, Bath and North East Somerset – listed at Grade II

• River Chew Bridge, Bath and North East Somerset – listed at Grade II

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