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Swivel Bridge Over The Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal - Tixall, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
N 52° 48.283 W 002° 01.083
30U E 566194 N 5850999
Quick Description: This single arch brick bridge is an accommodation bridge for fields on both sides of the canal and is bridge number 108.
Location: West Midlands, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 4/20/2019 2:49:17 PM
Waymark Code: WM10DWT
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member fi67
Views: 1

Long Description:

"The Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal is a navigable narrow canal in Staffordshire and Worcestershire in the English Midlands. It is 46 miles (74 km) long, linking the River Severn at Stourport in Worcestershire with the Trent and Mersey Canal at Haywood Junction by Great Haywood.

James Brindley was the chief engineer of the canal, which was part of his "Grand Cross" plan for waterways connecting Hull, Liverpool and Bristol.

The Act of Parliament authorising the canal was passed on 14 May 1766. This created "The Company of Proprietors of the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal Navigation", which was empowered to raise an initial £70,000 (equivalent to £9,561,529 in 2018), with a further £30,000 (equivalent to £4,097,798 in 2018), if needed, to fund the canal's construction.

The canal was completed in 1771 for a cost that exceeded the authorised capital, and opened to trade in 1772. It was a commercial success, with trade from the Staffordshire Potteries southwards to Gloucester and Bristol, and trade from the Black Country northwards to the Potteries via the junction with the Birmingham Canal at Aldersley. link

Most of the bridges on the canal are built of brick, but this is of a slightly different style using blue bricks rather than red ones. As its name suggest it was originally a swing bridge but was later replaced with this arch bridge at a later date and hence its different design.
What type of traffic does this bridge support?: Farm Vehicles

What kind of gap does this bridge cross?:
Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal


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

Name of road or trail the bridge services: Unnamed farm track

Location:
Tixall, Staffordshire


Length of bridge: Not listed

Height of bridge: Not listed

Date constructed: Not listed

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