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Stone Bridge 140 On The Lancaster Canal - Tewitfield, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
N 54° 09.787 W 002° 44.265
30U E 517122 N 6001701
Quick Description: This single arch stone bridge was built as an accommodation bridge for a nearby farm at Tewitfield Lock 4.
Location: North West England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 5/7/2018 10:19:40 AM
Waymark Code: WMY7X8
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member fi67
Views: 1

Long Description:
The northern part of the Lancaster Canal between Tewitfield and Kendal is no longer in use.

Until 1942 the Lancaster Canal connected Preston with Kendal. Known as the Black and White canal it carried coal north from the Lancashire Coalfields, and limestone south from Cumbria.

Apart from the eight locks at Tewitfield the canal followed the contours of the countryside and was very flat.

Competition from trains and roads eventually led to the locks at Tewitfield to be closed and Tewitfield became the northern terminus of the canal.

Nine miles of the old canal north of Tewitfield are still in water because it carries water from Killington Reservoir to supply the bottom part of the canal. Although boats cannot use this stretch of the canal the towpath is well maintained and used by walkers and cyclists. Above this point to Kendal it is no longer in water, but the line of the canal is visible and can be walked.

The Lancaster Canal Trust has been formed to try and reinstate all the canal from Tewitfield to Kendal but this will be difficult as the canal has been blocked at a few points by modern road crossings.

The Bridge
This bridge crosses the canal at the tail of Tewitfield Lock 4, where the canal is at its narrowest. The bridge is still used by the nearby farm and also has a public footpath across it.

The combined group of eight locks and this bridge are an Historic England Grade II Listed Building.
"Flight of 8 locks on Lancaster Canal, opened 1819. Large punched gritstone blocks. All complete, but with wooden gates missing. No. 5 (from South) incorporates Tewitfield Lock Bridge at its southern end, having segmental arch with projecting key, and string course below round-topped parapet." link
What type of traffic does this bridge support?: Farm vehicles and pedestrians

What kind of gap does this bridge cross?:
Lancaster Canal (Northern Reaches - in water)

Date constructed: 1819

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

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

Tewitfield, Lancashire

Length of bridge: Not listed

Height of bridge: Not listed

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