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The Canal Swing-bridge (5) & (6)

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: Canal General Transport Salford Bridgewater canal Barton Greater manchester Swing bridge Manchester ship canal


3 Jun 2021 9:50AM
Couple more excellent images in this series Malcolm.SmileSmile
dales Plus
5 13 Australia
3 Jun 2021 11:05AM
Wonderful viewpoint with this excellent image Malcolm
Great shots

cooky Plus
17 6 6 United Kingdom
3 Jun 2021 5:37PM
Well taken and excellent POV Malcolm.

richmowil Plus
12 474 2 England
3 Jun 2021 10:07PM
Great engineering portrayed well Malcolm!
johnke Plus
8 231 17 England
4 Jun 2021 9:25AM
A super POV Malcolm...John
Chinga Plus
11 3 2 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2021 2:06PM
Rust patina and appeal...
Nice one !! Isabel GrinGrinGrin

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