Trent And Mersey Canal Towpath Bridge Over The Macclesfield Canal - Kidsgrove, UK
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N 53° 05.292 W 002° 14.823
30U E 550427 N 5882347
Quick Description: This brick built bridge carries the tow path of the Trent and Mersey Canal over the junction with the Macclesfield Canal.
Location: West Midlands, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 4/25/2016 3:14:10 PM
Waymark Code: WMR0YW
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
The bridge was built by the Trent and Mersey canal engineers using brick rather than Macclesfield Canal engineers that used stone for their bridges.
What type of traffic does this bridge support?: Pedestrians, cyclists and original horses towing the canal boats.

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

Date constructed: 1828

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

Name of road or trail the bridge services: Trent and Mersey Canal towpath

Kidsgrove, Staffordshire

Length of bridge: Not listed

Height of bridge: Not listed

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