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Huddersfield Narrow Canal Bridge 39 – Linthwaite, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
N 53° 37.830 W 001° 51.233
30U E 575789 N 5943023
Quick Description: This bridge is next to lock 16E on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal.
Location: Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 12/29/2012 8:09:32 AM
Waymark Code: WMG0KY
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Sir Lose-a-lot
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Long Description:

Bridge 39
This is the 39th bridge from the start of the canal at Huddersfield.

It was built to provide access across the canal to nearby farms. It also gives access to both sides of the canal to allow the lock gates to be operated and is built into the lock walls. Canal bridges were often built like this because locks are at the narrowest part of the canal, making the bridge cheaper and easier to build.

This canal website shows its location in relation to other features on the canal.

The Huddersfield Narrow Canal
This canal is one of three that crosses the Pennine Hills and built to provide transport between Huddersfield in Yorkshire and Ashton-Under-Lyne in Lancashire.

As the name suggest it is a narrow canal that although was cheaper to build had less carrying capacity compared to the other two broad canals.

Work started on it in 1794 and partly due to the need to construct the longest canal tunnel in the United Kingdom it was completed 17 years later in 1811.
The canal is only 20 miles long and due to the nature of the terrain has 74 locks even though the summit tunnel reduced the required number of locks. The canal climbs 436 feet from Huddersfield and descends 334 feet to Ashton-Under-Lyne.

In theory having a summit tunnel to reduce the number of locks means that the journey times should be relatively short. However the tunnel does not have a tow path and when it was first opened it was necessary to lead the horses over the moor to the other end of the tunnel. Meanwhile it was necessary to leg the boat through the tunnel. This involved specialist workers who lay on their backs and used their legs with their feet against the tunnel wall to leg the boat through.

Competition from the railways led to the closure of the canal in 1944.

During the 1970s leisure boating in the U.K. had become popular and there were various campaigns to re-open canals that had lain derelict for a number of years.

Work on restoring this canal started in 1981 and the whole canal was finally reopened by 2001. These days the canal is only open to leisure boaters and with the re-opening of other connecting canals it is possible to travel far and wide.

However boats are restricted to maximum width of 6 feet 10 inches and a draught of 3 feet 3 inches which does restrict some boats that are used on the broad canals.
Physical Location (city, county, etc.): Linthwaite, United Kingdom

Road, Highway, Street, etc.: Unnamed access road

Water or other terrain spanned: The Huddersfield Narrow Canal

Construction Date: 1/1/1811

Architect/Builder: Not listed

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