Stone Bridge 74 Over The Macclesfield Canal - Congleton, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
N 53° 09.445 W 002° 11.468
30U E 554084 N 5890087
Quick Description: This bridge is known as Hightown Bridge and carries Morley Drive over the Macclesfield Canal.
Location: North West England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 4/25/2016 9:44:52 AM
Waymark Code: WMR0WY
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita
Views: 4

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 "Accommodation bridge, 1831 by W Crosley. Coursed Keuper sandstone blocks. The bridge spans a section of the canal in a cutting and is unusually tall and horseshoe arched. Battered abutments, projecting arch keystone also projecting carriageway band. Parapet of smaller blocks with square end piers and slightly curved projecting copings. Curved rubble approach walls."
What type of traffic does this bridge support?: Motor vehicles

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

Date constructed: 1831

Is the bridge still in service for its original purpose?: Originally a farm accommodation bridge, now serves an industrial building

Name of road or trail the bridge services: Morley Drive

Congleton, Cheshire

Length of bridge: Not listed

Height of bridge: Not listed

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