Bridge 15 Over The Caldon Canal - Birches Head, UK
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N 53° 02.333 W 002° 08.967
30U E 557029 N 5876934
Quick Description: This brick single arch bridge carries Birches Head Road over the canal and is known as Birches Head Road Bridge.
Location: West Midlands, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 3/6/2019 6:37:05 AM
Waymark Code: WM106A1
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member fi67
Views: 2

Long Description:

The Caldon Canal
The Caldon Canal opened in 1779 to carry Peak District limestone, from the quarries at Cauldon Low, down to the Potteries and the industrial Midlands. A short branch was built 18 years later connceting the Caldon with the town of Leek. Another branch extended the navigation to Uttoxeter but this lasted only until 1845 when it was closed and replaced with a railway line.

Freight traffic deserted the Caldon shortly after the construction of a parallel railway line and the canal became virtually unnavigable by the 1960s. Enthusiasts were justifiably vocal in clamouring for its restoration and it was brought back into use in 1974.

The Uttoxeter Branch still lies derelict but work has recently started on rebuilding the very first lock. Similarly, the final mile of the Leek Branch is no longer navigable, but plans are now being hatched to restore navigation across a surviving aqueduct further towards the town." link

The bridge is quite narrow and as road traffic increased a pedestrian bridge has been built alongside this bridge.

The parapet of the bridge is in a different colour brick and looks newer than the rest of the bridge, although it does have an inscribed bridge number stone embedded in it.
What type of traffic does this bridge support?: Motor vehicles and cyclists

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

Date constructed: 1779

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

Name of road or trail the bridge services: Birches Head Road

Birches Head, Staffordshire

Length of bridge: Not listed

Height of bridge: Not listed

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