Bridge 80 - Macclesfield Canal, Astbury,Cheshire East, U.K.
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Mike_bjm
N 53° 08.637 W 002° 12.950
30U E 552449 N 5888571
Quick Description: This arch bridge 80 is known as Henshalls Bridge and is located on the Macclesfield Canal near Astbury.
Location: West Midlands, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 11/23/2019 12:39:53 PM
Waymark Code: WM11NZX
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member fi67
Views: 2

Long Description:
Henshalls Bridge 80 is located on the Macclesfield Canal near Congleton. It is a stone built bridge that carries a minor road, Dodds Lane over the canal.

"Henshalls Bridge No. 80 is a minor waterways place on the Macclesfield Canal between Ramsdell Hall (1 miles, 1625 yards to the soutwest) and Sweetham Wharf (11 miles, 863 yards and 12 locks to the northeast).

The nearest place in the direction of Ramsdell Hall is Watery Lane Adequct; 0 miles, 694 yards away.

The nearest place in the direction of Sweetham Wharf is Peel Lane Bridge No 79; 0 miles, 571 yards away." (visit link)

"The Macclesfield Canal runs for about 27½ miles from its junction with the Peak Forest Canal at Marple, via 12 locks at Bosley, to its junction with the Trent & Mersey Canal at Kidsgrove. It passes through beautiful countryside, and touches on several towns – Bollington, Macclesfield, and Congleton.
The Macclesfield Canal was one of the last narrow canals to be built, indeed, it was very nearly built as a railway! A variety of ideas were proposed and the present canal was approved by Act of Parliament in April 1826. The route of the canal was surveyed by Thomas Telford and construction was engineered by William Crosley. The completed canal was opened on 9th November 1831 at a cost of £320,000.

As with many canals, the Macclesfield passed into the hands of the railways for about 100 years. The canal was bought out by the Manchester, Sheffield & Lincoln Railway in 1847. It was managed with the Ashton and Peak Forest canals, which were owned by the same company, and known collectively as the APM Canals. At railway grouping in 1923 the APM found themselves with the LNER. The canals and the railways were nationalised in 1947and the Macclesfield went to a new body, the Docks & Inland Waterways Board. Commercial carrying finished only in the 1960's shortly before British Waterways was formed. The canal is now part of the network owned and managed by the charity, the Canal & River Trust." (visit link)
What type of traffic does this bridge support?: Pedistrian, motor vehicles including farm vehicles and private cars, and bikes.

What kind of gap does this bridge cross?:
Macclesfield Canal

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

Name of road or trail the bridge services: Dodds Lane

Dodds Lane, Congleton CW12 3NS, United Kingdom

Length of bridge: Not listed

Height of bridge: Not listed

Date constructed: Not listed

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