Chappel Viaduct

  • With seven million bricks, it is the second largest brick built structure in England.
  • Construction on this impressive structure started in 1846 and took two years to complete.
  • The viaduct's statistics are awe inspiring - it is 1,066 feet long and boasts 32 arches of 30 feet span.
  • Peter Bruff, the engineer for the Stour Valley Railway, picked brick rather than the original choice of laminated timber, partly because it was cheaper.
  • The viaduct is wide enough for two tracks but only one was laid.
  • The viaduct remains in use today as part of a branch line.

Aerial view of

Chappels Victorian

railway Viaduct

For more information about the Viaduct and the village of Chappel visit:

Chappel Millennium Green

A wonderful green space which is perfect for a stroll. There is a board walk which takes you through the wilder areas of the green and next to the River Colne.

As you pass under the Viaduct take the footpath directly on the left.

The park

A new modern park for all kids of any age.

As you pass under the Viaduct take the footpath directly on the left.

East Anglian Railway Museum

Original Victorian buildings, restored trains, carriages and Signal Boxes tell a unique story of railways and people's lives in East Anglia from the 1840s to the present day.

The Museum is based at Chappel railway station.

Chappel and Wakes Colne train station

Chappel and Wakes Colne train Station is only a short walk away.

Take the first right after the Viaduct and proceed up the hill about 300 yards.

Hourly trains operate on this line and connections from London,

Chelmsford, Colchester and Ipswich can be made at Marks Tey.

Click below for train times

Telephone book exchange

Bring a book from your collection - place it in the 'In bin' - select a book from the bookshelf

You will find the telephone box just before the corner shop. 

Chappel galleries

Chappel Galleries opened in 1986 and sells work by top professional artists – drawing, painting and sculpture. The galleries is on the left hand side as you approach the Viaduct.