Hall House Bridge Over Bridgewater Canal - Leigh, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
N 53° 29.494 W 002° 29.356
30U E 533885 N 5927076
Quick Description: This brick arch bridge was built to a standard design for bridges over this canal.
Location: North West England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 3/31/2015 3:22:08 PM
Waymark Code: WMNKY2
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team
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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.

This bridge is one of two left in the area of Leigh that have remained intact. It is constructed from English garden wall bond brick with stone dressings. It has an Elliptical arch with brick voussoirs and stone band, with stone copings, some of which have been replaced with bricks.

Canals normally narrow where bridges cross to make them easier and cheaper to build. This also makes them a convenient place to block off the canal in case of floods or maintenance work. This bridge is one of these points and there is a crane next to the bridge together with stop planks which are placed across the width of the canal when needed.
What type of traffic does this bridge support?: Pedestrians and cyclists

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


Date constructed: 1795

Is the bridge still in service for its original purpose?: Used to carry motor vehicles but now only carries pedestrians and cyclists

Name of road or trail the bridge services: Unnamed path.

Location:
Leigh, Manchester


Length of bridge: Not listed

Height of bridge: Not listed

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