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Northwich via duct

By IreneClarke
Carrying on from yesterday's images these are taken further down the river and include the viaduct, Riversdale Swing Bridge and Hunts Lock. A bit of history below.
The viaduct has 48 arches carrying the railway over the River Weaver, Weaver Navigation, the A533 road and the River Dane. It is constructed in sandstone and brick, with iron girders crossing the River Weaver and the Navigation. It is about 900 metres (984 yd) in length.
The original swing bridge was built on the instructions of the Weaver Trustees, at Navigation Yard, in Northwich, over a period of approximately six weeks in 1888, rebuilt in c.1930, and obviously had deteriorated to such an extent that it was overdue for extensive renovation when it was closed in 2004. It was heavily used as a short-cut through the town.
The new bridge is slightly wider than the one it replaces, enabling wheelchairs and bicycles to pass on the bridge. The new swing bridge is also electrically operated, actuated by a plug-in controller, whereas its predecessor was operated by hand.
Hunts locks are adjacent to Sir John Deanes College and the Northwich Rowing Club.
There is a right of way across the locks and the backwater by means of Riversdale Bridge, which reopened in December 2010.
The river now passes beneath the Chester to Manchester railway line and the site of the famous Yarwood's shipbuilding yard where my Dad used to work.

Tags: Architecture Viaducts Swing bridge Hunts Lock

Voters: arnieg, ddolfelin, gwynn56 and 11 more

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ddolfelin Plus
9 103 3 Wales
14 Jul 2016 8:20PM
You've given us great value today, Irene.
A wonderful set!
11 10 10 England
14 Jul 2016 10:06PM
A very interesting and well taken set Irene. No special favourite - like them all.

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