Friday, 1 January 2010
Photograph © Janet Howie taken Easter 1984.
The towpath of the Peak Forest Canal changes sides at this point.
A horse, pulling a narrowboat along with a towline attached to its harness, would walk up and cross the bridge then curve down and go under the bridge, or in the opposite direction would walk under the bridge then up around the curve, over the canal and down the other side. The towline could remain attached the whole time, which would save the boatmen both time and effort.
It is named after the navel officer, John Clarke who lived at Wood End in the 19th century.
Other photographs of Captain Clarke's Bridge:
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