Stone Bridge 72 Over The Macclesfield Canal – Congleton, UK
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N 53° 09.659 W 002° 10.782
30U E 554845 N 5890492
Quick Description: This single arch bridge known as Porters Farm Bridge was erected when the canal was built in 1827 and is an accommodation bridge for the nearby Porters Farm.
Location: North West England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 2/27/2016 8:43:55 AM
Waymark Code: WMQKDW
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita
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Long Description:

The Macclesfield Canal
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.

The route takes the canal from Marple Junction with the Peak Forest Canal in the north 26¼ miles to the stop lock at Hall Green near Kidsgrove passing along the side of the most westerly Pennine hills through High Lane, Higher Poynton, Bollington, Macclesfield and Congleton, all in Cheshire, and Kidsgrove in Staffordshire in the south. Nowadays we normally regard the last 1½ miles to Harding's Wood Junction with the Trent & Mersey Canal as a part of the Macclesfield Canal although it was built as a branch of the T&MC. link

The Bridge
This bridge is a Historic England Grade II Listed Building link with the following text "Accomodation bridge (canal). c1827. Sandstone rubble-coursed with ashlar dressings. Eliptical horseshoe arch with voussoirs and projecting keystone: ashlar band below parapet- coping to top of parapet.Setts to towpath and part cobbled path up to road, also steps. One in a fine series of bridges (and milestones) on the Macclesfield Canal."

The bridge is on a slight bend in the canal and the arch stones have grooves cut in them from where the tow ropes on the horse drawn boats rubbed against them.

Where any of the original bridges crossed the canal, it was always made narrower to reduce bridge building costs. Because of this many also act as places where stop planks can be inserted across the canal whenever it needs to be drained for maintenance. This bridge is one of them and there is a stock of stop planks next to the bridge.
What type of traffic does this bridge support?: Motor vehicles, bikes and pedestrians

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

Date constructed: 1827

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

Name of road or trail the bridge services: Brookhouse Lane

Congleton, Cheshire

Length of bridge: Not listed

Height of bridge: Not listed

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