Stone Bridge 3 On The Macclesfield Canal - Marple, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
N 53° 23.156 W 002° 03.868
30U E 562221 N 5915611
Quick Description: This bridge is also known as Eccles Bridge and was built as an accommodation bridge for Aaron Eccles when the canal was built in 1831.
Location: North West England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 4/5/2015 11:52:51 AM
Waymark Code: WMNMQR
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita
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Long Description:

The Macclesfield Canal
The Macclesfield Canal was one of the last narrow canals to be built, indeed, it was very nearly built as a railway! A variety of ideas were proposed and the present canal was approved by Act of Parliament in April 1826. The route of the canal was surveyed by Thomas Telford and construction was engineered by William Crosley. The completed canal was opened on 9th November 1831 at a cost of £320,000.

The route takes the canal from Marple Junction with the Peak Forest Canal in the north 26¼ miles to the stop lock at Hall Green near Kidsgrove passing along the side of the most westerly Pennine hills through High Lane, Higher Poynton, Bollington, Macclesfield and Congleton, all in Cheshire, and Kidsgrove in Staffordshire in the south. Nowadays we normally regard the last 1½ miles to Harding's Wood Junction with the Trent & Mersey Canal as a part of the Macclesfield Canal although it was built as a branch of the T&MC. link

The Bridge
Aaron Eccles was an Attorney of Marple. In 1850 he owned land and property at the end of Hibbert Lane. link

When canals were built accommodation bridges were erected at places where the canal crossed someone's land and the bridge was built to provide them with access across the canal.

At some point the bridge was widened and a second arch attached to the original. That side of the bridge has been faced with stone to look as close as possible to the original stone bridge.
What type of traffic does this bridge support?: Motor vehicles, bikes and pedestrians

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


Date constructed: 1831

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

Name of road or trail the bridge services: Hibbert Lane

Location:
Border of Marple and Hawks Green


Length of bridge: Not listed

Height of bridge: Not listed

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