Schofield Railway Bridge Over The Calder And Hebble Navigation - Dewsbury
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N 53° 40.591 W 001° 38.658
30U E 589550 N 5948384
Quick Description: This is bridge 20 on the Calder and Hebble Navigation and carries the Huddersfield Railway Line over the navigation.
Location: Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 1/31/2015 8:09:16 AM
Waymark Code: WMNACM
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita
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Long Description:
The Calder and Hebble Navigation completed in 1770 consisted of artificial improvements to the River Calder and River Hebble to allow canal boats use what used to be un-navigable rivers.

It ran for 21 miles from the Aire and Calder Navigation at Wakefield to Sowerby Bridge, was one of the first navigable waterways into the Pennines. It was an extension westwards of the Aire and Calder Navigation.

Work began in 1758 to make the River Calder navigable above Wakefield. The navigation to Sowerby Bridge was completed in 1770, including a short branch to Dewsbury.

The Railway Bridge
This arch railway bridge originally carried the Manchester Victoria to Normanton Line (MVN). This was part of the Manchester and Leeds Railway and this part of the line opened in 1840, 70 years after the navigation. link

Although the bridge now also carries other rail routes, specifically the Huddersfield Line, the Railways Authority still designates the bridge number MVN2-206. As far as the Calder and Hebble Navigation is concerned it is Schofield Bridge (bridge 20).

The bridge is between Mirfield and Ravensthorpe railway stations. At some point the bridge was widened to cope with other rail routes that shared the bridge.

The original side of the bridge was a stone bridge, the later addition was stone, but with a brick arch.
What type of traffic does this bridge support?: Railroad

What kind of gap does this bridge cross?:
The Calder and Hebble Navigation

Date constructed: 1840

Is the bridge still in service for its original purpose?: Yes

Name of road or trail the bridge services: Huddersfield Railway Line

Dewsbury, West Yorkshire

Length of bridge: Not listed

Height of bridge: Not listed

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