Tuesday, 16 October 2007
Manchester Road Canal Bridge
This picture by Frank Bennett and reproduced here with his permission, first appeared on the Images of England site.
The August 2000 picture shows the roving bridge and road bridge taking Manchester Road over the Peak Forest Canal.
It was built in 1804 but widened on both sides in the C19 and C20. Snecked, rock-faced and hammer-dressed stone, brick, cast iron and concrete. The original elliptical-arch tunnel which is grooved for stop planks was widened to the north in the mid-C19 with a truncated elliptical keystone arch which is now partly obscured by the C20 footpath bridge. The south was widened later in C19 in brick and is separated from the tow-path bridge by two pipelines. The tow-path bridge has a spiral walkway, panelled cast iron parapet walls and a flat stone slab deck.
Interest stems from the bridge's evolutionary development. Another roving bridge on the canal is Captain Clarke's Bridge