Meaford Lock Bridge - Meadford, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
N 52° 55.088 W 002° 09.776
30U E 556281 N 5863491
Quick Description: This single span brick bridge carries a minor road over the Trent & Mersey Canal and is bridge 98.
Location: West Midlands, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 4/6/2019 6:45:08 AM
Waymark Code: WM10B9N
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member fi67
Views: 2

Long Description:
"As its name implies, the Trent and Mersey canal (T & M) was built to link the River Trent at Derwent Mouth (in Derbyshire) to the River Mersey. The second connection is made via the Bridgewater Canal, which it joins at Preston Brook in Cheshire. Note that although mileposts measure the distance to Preston Brook and Shardlow, Derwent Mouth is a mile or so beyond Shardlow.

The plan of a canal connection from the Mersey to the Trent ("The Grand Trunk") came from canal engineer James Brindley. It was authorised by an Act of Parliament in 1766 and the first sod was cut by Josiah Wedgwood in July that year at Brownhills, Burslem. In 1777, the canal was completed, including more than 70 locks and five tunnels, with the company headquarters in Stone." link

The bridge was built next to lock 34. Bridges are often built next to locks as the canal is at its narrowest here making the bridge cheaper and easier to build.

In this case although the bridge is not very wide, the lock is relatively deep at 3 metres and so the bridge is unusually high for this canal.
What type of traffic does this bridge support?: Motor vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists

What kind of gap does this bridge cross?:
Trent & Mersey Canal


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

Name of road or trail the bridge services: Washdale Lane

Location:
Meaford, Staffordshire


Length of bridge: Not listed

Height of bridge: Not listed

Date constructed: Not listed

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