Mr Stephen Blake

Charity details

Friends Of Bennerley Viaduct

Bennerley Viaduct is a grade 2* listed railway viaduct built in 1877 by the Great Northern Railway Company. At over quarter of a mile long, it is the longest wrought iron viaduct in the country. It straddles the River Erewash connecting Ilkeston in Derbyshire with Awsworth in Nottinghamshire.

The “Iron Giant” has been described as being an “extraordinary monument” meriting inclusion in the 2020 World Monuments Watch*, one of only 25 sites chosen globally. Historic England consider the viaduct is a “stunning example of the genius of British engineering.”

The Friends of Bennerley Viaduct are dedicated to giving this “Iron Giant” a new lease of life. Working in partnership with the owners, Railway Paths Limited, an inspiring community driven project is bringing the iconic structure back to life. In 2021, Bennerley Viaduct should be re-opened to the public following fifty years of closure following a £1.4 million investment.

Registered Number 1187044

Messages of condolence

Our dear cousin Steve. It was a sad and unexpected loss and at such young age. We will always remember you with much affection and love, rest in peace. No longer with us but not forgotten. All our love. Tessa and Bill xx

Mr & Mrs Tessa and Bill Edmonds

But Steve, you hadn't finished introducing me to all the local hostelries ... Karen and I will re-visit those on the list so far, and raise a glass to you in each, then explore in your memory! XX

Mrs Linda Harris

A sudden and unexpected end to a fine life, Steve. You will be sadly missed Still you volunteered a great deal and leave us all feeling our small world a better place We will be raising a glass or two in remembrance Fond farewell Mike


He will not be forgotten, what a loss,

Miss Helen Bartolome

In loving memory of the man who taught me the purpose of bread on a roast dinner... to mop up the gravy! Sending so much love Christina and family

Mrs Christina Cooperwallis

We've been pleased to have known Steve for such a long time. He was always a good friend and support. He will be sorely missed. Our condolences at your great loss, Karen. With love from Steve, Beth and Christina

Mr Stephen Cooper

Our lovely cousin Steve. Gone too soon and will be missed by many. Rest in Peace.

Mr & Mrs Wendy and Steve Gaines

Sadly missed, with fond memories of college days. Rest in peace.

Mrs Brenda Lettington