Bridge 99 Over Shropshire Union Canal (Main Line) - Barbridge, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
N 53° 06.213 W 002° 34.192
30U E 528796 N 5883876
Quick Description: This single arch brick built bridge was built as an accommodation bridge over the Nantwich to Bunbury section of the Main Line of the Shropshire Union Canal for a nearby farm and is known as Stoke Hall Bridge.
Location: North West England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 11/17/2017 2:25:51 PM
Waymark Code: WMX2H0
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member fi67
Views: 1

Long Description:

The Canal
Before canals became popular in the UK there was a port on the River Dee at Chester.

After the Trent and Mersy Canal was built a loat of boat traffic diverted to the canal and Chester was worried about losing all its trade and so proposed a canal from the River Dee to connect to the Trent and Mersey Canal at Middlewich with a branch to Nantwich. However the Trent and Mersey Canal were unco-operative about a junction at Middlewich, and so the route to Nantwich was opened in 1779.

The branch to Middlewich was finally completed in 1833 and this bridge is the nearest bridge to the junction on its western side. Subsequently a number of canals were merged to form the Shroshire Union Canal.

The Bridge
This bridge is over a stretch of the canal which was originally part of the Chester Canal, before it became the Shropshire Union Canal.

The bridge was built as an accommodation bridge for a nearby farm, but nowadays is only used to carry a public footpath over the bridge.

Built into the bridge abutment is a store of stop planks. These are used to block the flow of water if the canal needs to be drained for maintenance reasons. They are usually used at bridges or canal locks because at these points the canal is at its narrowest.

The planks are placed vertically across the canal in a groove cut into the canal banks.
What type of traffic does this bridge support?: Pedestrians

What kind of gap does this bridge cross?:
Nantwich to Bunbury section of the Chester Canal section of the Shropshire Union Canal (Mainline).

Is the bridge still in service for its original purpose?: No

Name of road or trail the bridge services: unnamed public footpath

Barbridge, Cheshire East

Length of bridge: Not listed

Height of bridge: Not listed

Date constructed: Not listed

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