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Huddersfield Narrow Canal Bridge 32 – Milnsbridge, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
N 53° 38.322 W 001° 49.448
30U E 577741 N 5943966
Quick Description: This road bridge carries Market Street over the Huddersfield Narrow Canal and is known as Whirley Bottom Bridge.
Location: Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 12/30/2012 11:21:03 AM
Waymark Code: WMG0YN
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Brentorboxer
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Long Description:

Bridge 32
This is the 32nd bridge from the start of the canal at Huddersfield.

It is built very close to lock 10E as a single elliptical arch bridge. At some time after the canal opened the road was widened and the modern flat road bed hangs over the side of the old bridge furthest from the lock. The original stone arch bridge still exists and is visible under the widened part of the road. Bridges were often built next to locks as this is the canal’s narrowest point and the bridge is cheaper and easier to build.

The arch was built over both the canal and the tow path and this would allow the original boats to be towed without having disconnecting the tow rope from the horses. 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.): Milnsbridge, Yorkshire

Road, Highway, Street, etc.: Market Street

Water or other terrain spanned: The Huddersfield Narrow Canal

Architect/Builder: Not listed

Construction Date: Not listed

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