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Turnbridge Road Lift Bridge – Huddersfield, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
N 53° 38.865 W 001° 46.525
30U E 580945 N 5945028
Quick Description: This small vertical lift bridge on the Huddersfiled Broad Canal was built in 1865 to replace an earlier swing bridge.
Location: Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 1/25/2013 12:22:54 PM
Waymark Code: WMG7N8
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
Views: 2

Long Description:
The canal opened in 1780 to connect Huddersfield with the Calder and Hebble navigation to transport bulk goods.

Although the current bridge has a name plate on it stating Locomotive Bridge it is also known as Turnbridge Road Lift Bridge reflecting its earlier history as a swing bridge.

The span of the bridge is 5 feet 3 inches and was originally built of wood. It has an interesting design and has two large counterweights on one side of the canal. It also had a manually operated winding handle to operate the bridge.

In 1975 the bridge was repaired and reconstructed in steel, but it retained the original design. Two years later it became listed as an ancient monument.

In 2002 the bridge needed repairing again and it was decided to change the bridge so that it is now electrically powered. The controls for the bridge require a waterways pumping station key that is carried by all boats on the canal.
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