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Dixons Lock Bridge On The Chesterfield Canal - Brimington, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
N 53° 16.016 W 001° 23.417
30U E 607357 N 5903174
Quick Description: This brick single arch bridge carries a footpath over the canal and was built in 1995.
Location: East Midlands, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 4/30/2019 9:20:14 AM
Waymark Code: WM10FQH
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member fi67
Views: 1

Long Description:

"The canal was built to link Chesterfield, Worksop and Retford to the Trent and so gain access to more trade. Local Anston Stone was transported by the canal to the river Trent for the building of the new Houses of Parliament. During the 19th century the canal was a commercial success due to local coal. However, mining caused subsidence in the Norwood Tunnel, severing the top end of the canal.

The Chesterfield Canal runs from the river Trent at West Stockwith to Chesterfield. The Canal is 45.5 miles (73.3 km) long and has 65 locks, but only the section from West Stockwith the eastern end of Norwood Tunnel is currently navigable. This navigable section is 31.6 miles (50.9 km) long and has 46 locks.

At the isolated western end of the canal, five miles and five locks have been restored. The new Staveley Town Basin opened in 2012. There are slipways at Tapton Lock in Chesterfield and Staveley Town Basin. There is also a craning pad at the basin. This leaves nine miles to be restored. There are detailed plans for the entire stretch, prepared by the Chesterfield Canal Partnership." link

During the period when the canal was disused this part of the canal was filled in and the area used as an open cast coal mine.

After the coal mine closed and renovation of the canal started the Chesterfield Canal Trust rebuilt the lock and this associated foot bridge in 1995. As well as use for operating the lock it provides access to Bluebank Pools Local Nature Reserve between the canal and the River Rother.

The bridge is restricted to pedestrians and cyclists, but the original bridge was probably larger and used by nearby farms.

In 2014 Derbyshire County Council installed new lock gates and this web page shows pictures of the work being carried out. link
What type of traffic does this bridge support?: Pedestrians and cyclists

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

Date constructed: 1995

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

Name of road or trail the bridge services: Unnamed footpath

New Brimmington, Derbyshire

Length of bridge: Not listed

Height of bridge: Not listed

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