Bridge 101 Over Shropshire Union Canal (Main Line) - Wardle, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
N 53° 06.589 W 002° 34.907
30U E 527995 N 5884567
Quick Description: This single arch brick built bridge is an accommodation bridge over the Nantwich to Bunbury section of the Main Line of the Shropshire Union Canal for a nearby farm and is known as Nixon's Bridge.
Location: North West England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 11/17/2017 12:45:07 PM
Waymark Code: WMX2G7
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member fi67
Views: 1

Long Description:

The Canal
Before canals became popular in the UK there was a port on the River Dee at Chester.

After the Trent and Mersy Canal was built a loat of boat traffic diverted to the canal and Chester was worried about losing all its trade and so proposed a canal from the River Dee to connect to the Trent and Mersey Canal at Middlewich with a branch to Nantwich. However the Trent and Mersey Canal were unco-operative about a junction at Middlewich, and so the route to Nantwich was opened in 1779.

The branch to Middlewich was finally completed in 1833 and this bridge is the nearest bridge to the junction on its western side. Subsequently a number of canals were merged to form the Shroshire Union Canal.

The Bridge
This bridge is over a stretch of the canal which was originally part of the Chester Canal, before it became the Shropshire Union Canal.

The bridge was built as an accommodation bridge for Wardle Old Hall, a farm which is now a Historic England Grade II Listed Building.

A track now also runs eastwards from the bridge to give access to Barbridge Marina.

The bricks of the bridge have been rendered, but sections of the render have fallen off from the arch.
What type of traffic does this bridge support?: Motor vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists

What kind of gap does this bridge cross?:
Nantwich to Bunbury section the Shropshire Union Canal Mainline.

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

Name of road or trail the bridge services: Unnamed minor road

Wardle, Cheshire East

Length of bridge: Not listed

Height of bridge: Not listed

Date constructed: Not listed

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