Stone Bridge 7 Over The Macclesfield Canal – Marpleridge, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
N 53° 22.594 W 002° 04.009
30U E 562079 N 5914567
Quick Description: This accommodation bridge is also known as Hyde Road Bridge and was erected when the canal was built in 1831.
Location: North West England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 4/9/2015 1:58:18 PM
Waymark Code: WMNNNJ
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
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. Mouth grooved for stop planks."

The canal banks next to the bridge have grooves in them to take stop planks. From time to time it is necessary to block off sections of the canal for maintenance. Bridges are usually at narrow points in the canal to reduce building costs and so provide convenient points to use stop planks.

There is a number of stop planks stored next to this bridge.
What type of traffic does this bridge support?: Farm vehicles, pedestrians and cycles

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: Hyde Road

Marpleridge, Greater Manchester

Length of bridge: Not listed

Height of bridge: Not listed

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