Stone Bridge 5 Over The Macclesfield Canal – Hawk Grren, UK
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N 53° 22.877 W 002° 04.089
30U E 561984 N 5915091
Quick Description: Bridge 5 Over The Macclesfield Canal – Marple, UK
Location: North West England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 4/7/2015 1:55:46 PM
Waymark Code: WMNN7Z
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team
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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
This bridge is an English Heritage Grade II Listed Building link "Accommodation bridge. Completed by 1831. William Crossley engineer. Dressed stone. Elliptical horseshoe keystone arch. Convex parapet walls with a stone band and rounded copings which are terminated in square piers."

The bridge was built on a slight bend in the canal, and as horses towed the canal boats, the tow ropes rubbed against the bridge sides and cut deep grooves into the stone abutments.
What type of traffic does this bridge support?: Pedestrians, motor vehicles and cyclists.

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

Date constructed: 1831

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

Name of road or trail the bridge services: Barnsfold Road

Hawk Green, Greater Manchester

Length of bridge: Not listed

Height of bridge: Not listed

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