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Stone Bridge 128 On The Lancaster Canal - Carnforth, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
N 54° 07.631 W 002° 45.919
30U E 515336 N 5997698
Quick Description: This single span arch bridge originally built in 1797 has been widened at some point and has slightly wider arch next to the original on the south side of the bridge. It is known as Carnforth Bridge.
Location: North West England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 9/2/2016 10:05:14 AM
Waymark Code: WMT0A8
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member fi67
Views: 1

Long Description:
When the Lancaster Canal was built in 1797 most of the bridges were built to a standard plan. They were made of stone with a single arch carrying a single track road. Even to this day most of the bridges still carry single track roads.

The canal passes mainly through rural farmland but at this point the road traffic has become too heavy for a single track road and the 2nd wider arch provides for two way traffic. In addition a metal footbridge has also been added near to the southern side of the bridge.

The Lancaster Canal
"The Lancaster Canal is a canal in the north of England, originally planned to run from Westhoughton in Lancashire to Kendal in south Cumbria (then in Westmorland). The section around the crossing of the River Ribble was never completed, and much of the southern end leased to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, of which it is now generally considered part.

Of the canal north of Preston, only the section from Preston to Tewitfield near Carnforth in Lancashire is currently open to navigation for 42 miles (67.6 km.

The isolated northern part of the canal was finally connected to the rest of the English canal network in 2002 by the opening of the Ribble Link.

The remaining open part of the Lancaster Canal follows the same elevation contour on maps and is therefore free of locks." link

"The Millennium Ribble Link includes what was Great Britain's first inland waterway to be constructed in nearly 100 years when it was opened in July 2002, and was the first to be built for leisure purposes only, not commercial use. The 4-mile (6.4 km) link connects the once-isolated Lancaster Canal to the River Ribble. From the Ribble it is possible to reach the main navigable system via the River Douglas and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal's Rufford Branch subject to tides and weather conditions." link
What type of traffic does this bridge support?: Motor vehicles, bikes

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

Date constructed: 1797

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

Name of road or trail the bridge services: Market Street

Carnforth, Lancashire

Length of bridge: Not listed

Height of bridge: Not listed

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