See landmark Bennerley Viaduct in new TV documentary series

The history of a landmark viaduct in Awsworth has been explored in a new TV documentary series.

Tuesday, 9th March 2021, 2:12 pm
Updated Tuesday, 9th March 2021, 2:16 pm
Bennerley Viaduct is featured in a TV documentary series.

A new series of The Architecture the Railways Built started this month on the Yesterday channel.

In these award-winning documentaries, Tim Dunn visits Bennerley Viaduct and tries his hand at a spot of bricklaying on the eastern abutment.

Bennerley Viaduct is a disused railway viaduct spanning the Erewash Valley between Awsworth and Ilkeston.

As well as enthusing about the architecture and engineering of the structure, the programme highlights the efforts of the community and the owners to bring the structure back into use.

Bennerley was built in 1877 but closed to rail traffic in 1968.

It is a Grade II-listed structure and is on the ‘Heritage at Risk’ register published by Historic England.

Small stages of restoration started in mid-2014 and restoration work to create a public walkway was scheduled to start from March last year.

Sadly, this was suspended due to the industry lockdown caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The first episode of The Architecture the Railways Built was aired on the Yesterday channel on March 2, with all episodes available to stream at

Kieran Lee, of the Friends of Bennerley Viaduct, said: “Watch this new documentary and celebrate our viaduct being shared with the nation.”

For more information on joining the Friends of Bennerley Viaduct, you can email [email protected]