Lingard Footbridge Over Bridgewater Canal - Astley, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
N 53° 29.470 W 002° 27.821
30U E 535582 N 5927045
Quick Description: This footbridge over the Bridgewater Canal uses 3 steel water pipes to form the arch support.
Location: North West England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 3/3/2015 2:54:33 PM
Waymark Code: WMNF4J
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
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Long Description:

The Bridgewater Canal
"The Bridgewater Canal connects Runcorn, Manchester and Leigh, in North West England. It was commissioned by Francis Egerton, 3rd Duke of Bridgewater, to transport coal from his mines in Worsley to Manchester. It was opened in 1761 from Worsley to Manchester, and later extended from Manchester to Runcorn, and then from Worsley to Leigh.

Often considered to be the first "true" canal in England, as it relied upon existing watercourses as sources of water rather than as navigable routes. Navigable throughout its history, it is one of the few canals in Britain not to have been nationalised, and remains privately owned. Pleasure craft now use the canal which forms part of the Cheshire Ring network of canals." link

The Bridge
At the time the canal was built all the bridges over the canal were brick built arch bridges constructed to a standard template. As time has moved on many of the original bridges have been reconstructed due to changes in traffic conditions. In addition a number of totally new bridges have been built.

It is not clear whether this bridge has replaced one of the original bridges or is a totally new one.

In many cases bridges over canals have been adapted to act as a support for water or sewerage pipes to be carried over the canal. In this case 3 steel pipes have been used to form an arch that supports the deck of a footbridge.

There is nothing to indicate whether these pipes carry clean water or sewer water but as you pass by or use the bridge itself you can hear the water flowing through the pipes.

On each side of the canal the pipes enter a concrete buttress for support.
What type of traffic does this bridge support?: Pedestrians

What kind of gap does this bridge cross?:
The Bridgewater Canal

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

Name of road or trail the bridge services: Unnamed footpath

Astley near Leigh, Lancashire

Length of bridge: Not listed

Height of bridge: Not listed

Date constructed: Not listed

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