Sedgwick Hall Bridge, Cumbria
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member flipflopnick
N 54° 16.392 W 002° 45.181
30U E 516083 N 6013946
Quick Description: When the Kendal length of the Lancaster canal closed after 1955, several stone 'accommodation' bridges were left marooned. The old canal has been filled in and used as footpath. This is number 177.
Location: North West England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 8/25/2008 3:53:41 PM
Waymark Code: WM4HCP
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Crystal Sound
Views: 13

Long Description:
Once the act of parliament was passed, construction could start on the extension of the Lancaster canal. The sale price of the land was agreed by the surveyor or the builder's agent as construction progressed. Included in that price would be how many bridges needed to be built to maintain access for the farmers. Hence the type being an accommodation bridge.

Bridges needed to cross roads and rivers were often built long before the canal reached them.

The dressed stone came up the canal from limestone quarries in Lancashire, for the bridges. The stone was mass produced in Lancashire to make bridges kit built and almost identical.

Links
The Lancaster Canal Restoration Partnership (visit link)
Lancaster canal trust description of bridges (visit link)
Streetmap (visit link)
Original Use: Animal

Date Built: between 1792 and 1819

Construction: Stone

Condition: Good

See this website for more information: [Web Link]

Date Abandoned: 1955

Bridge Status - Orphaned or Adopted.: Adopted

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