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The Road Swing-bridge

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 Manchester ship canal


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Comments


cooky Plus
17 6 5 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2021 10:30AM
I bet that bridge could tell some tales Malcolm! Excellent documentary image of the swing bridge.

Kath
4 Jun 2021 10:31AM
Great pov and a bonus reflection, an excellent image, Malcolm.SmileSmile

richmowil Plus
12 474 2 England
4 Jun 2021 11:12AM
The reflection makes the image Malcolm.
johnsd Plus
15 4 2 Scotland
4 Jun 2021 11:19AM
A lovely image and very interesting narrative of this historic bridge.
4 Jun 2021 12:25PM
An excellent image of this wonderful piece of engineering and an interesting and informative narrative, Malcolm.

Richard Smile
Nicely detailed capture.
Geoff
Great reflections and narrative Malcolm.

Karen
Daisymaye Plus
13 23 20 Canada
4 Jun 2021 2:30PM
A great reflection.
4 Jun 2021 4:03PM
Great image with a super reflection, Malcolm
KingArthur 15 8 Malta
4 Jun 2021 4:37PM
Well photographed Malcolm, interesting narrative too

Joe Smile
pablophotographer 10 1.9k 414
5 Jun 2021 12:04AM
An interesting architectural subject. Or two actually. The staircase and the bridge, a vertical and horizontal way of passage. Who's up for a game of snakes and ladders? I would try to photograph them from the left side of the frame looking to the right side.
pablophotographer
johnke Plus
8 231 17 England
5 Jun 2021 8:01AM
A beautiful Image Malcolm awesome reflections...John
Chinga Plus
11 3 2 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2021 2:06PM
Lovely building on the left and some fine metallic bridge reflections.
Isabel GrinGrinGrin
Great image and interesting information about the water way


Harry

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