Bridge 67 - Macclesfield Canal, Congleton, Cheshire, UK
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N 53° 10.453 W 002° 11.179
30U E 554385 N 5891960
Quick Description: This arch bridge 67 is known as Foden Bridge and is located on the Macclesfield Canal near Congleton.
Location: North West England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 7/9/2019 8:35:05 AM
Waymark Code: WM10Y27
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member fi67
Views: 7

Long Description:
Foden Bridge 67 is located on the Macclesfield Canal near Congleton. It is a stone built, Grade II listed, accommodation bridge that carries a farm track over the canal.

The description given by British Listed Buildings reads as follows;
Bridge No 67 at SJ 8763 6413
Accommodation bridge. c1827. William Crosley engineer. Coursed sandstone blocks with ashlar dressings. Horseshoe arch/eliptical head with ashlar voussoirs and a projecting keystone that rises to a chamfered band at deck level. Battered walls terminate in squared piers: there is chamfered coping to parapet.
NB One in a series of fine bridges (and milestones) that survive on the Macclesfield Canal.
Listing NGR: SJ8764864135" (visit link)

"Foden Bridge No 67 is a minor waterways place on the Macclesfield Canal between Ramsdell Hall (4 miles and 7½ furlongs to the southwest) and Swettenham Wharf (8 miles and 4 furlongs and 12 locks to the northeast).
The nearest place in the direction of Ramsdell Hall is Buglawton Cattle Creep Aqueduct; ¾ furlongs away.
The nearest place in the direction of Swettenham Wharf is Town Field Bridge No 66; 1 furlong away. There is a bridge here which takes a track over the canal." (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." Source: (visit link)
What type of traffic does this bridge support?: pedestrians, farm vehicles

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: Accomodation farm track

Congleton, Cheshire, UK

Length of bridge: Not listed

Height of bridge: Not listed

Date constructed: Not listed

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