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The Canal Swing-bridge (1) & (2)

By M_squared
When the Duke of Bridgewater built the Bridgewater Canal (1759-1761) it had no locks. It ran on one level from inside his coal mine at Worsley into the centre of Manchester. It crossed the R. Irwell on a masonry aqueduct alongside an ancient stone road-bridge. When the Manchester Ship Canal was constructed (1887-1893) that section of the river was canalised and incorporated into the new waterway. The road-bridge was replaced by a swing-bridge. The aqueduct, despite being much higher than the old road-bridge, was not high enough above the new waterway to facilitate the passage of shipping below. A proposal to raise the Bridgewater Canal with a system of locks was rejected on grounds of water conservation. The decision was taken to build a swing-bridge so that a section of the canal could be isolated and swung clear of Ship Canal traffic. Both swing-bridges would be controlled from a control tower built on a specially constructed island. The two bridges are still functional and are Grade II listed buildings.

Barton, Greater Manchester.

Tags: General Transport Salford Barton Greater manchester Swing bridge

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johnsd Plus
15 4 2 Scotland
1 Jun 2021 9:24AM
Two very nice images and a very interesting text Malcolm.
RonDM Plus
6 233 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2021 9:36AM
Nice set of images and great narrative

1 Jun 2021 10:09AM
Two excellent images Malcolm.SmileSmile
dales Plus
5 13 Australia
1 Jun 2021 10:38AM
Fascinating history with this impressive location Malcolm
Scene them many times but never knew the history of them..Interesting


cooky Plus
17 6 5 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2021 1:35PM
Two excellent images and great narrative Malcolm. Love canal history and this is so informative.

Excellent narrative and very interesting too Malcolm, we have a rolling bridge with accumulator tower over our local canal in Ulverston, it has recently been given Grade 11 listing status. Two super images with great detail and some nice reflections.
johnke Plus
8 231 17 England
2 Jun 2021 7:34AM
A wonderful Image Malcolm and a super Narrative....John
Chinga Plus
11 3 2 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2021 2:08PM
Informative write-up and a beautiful image.
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