TQ2783 : Macclesfield Bridge, Regent's Canal

near to Camden Town, Camden, Great Britain

Macclesfield Bridge, Regent's Canal
Macclesfield Bridge, Regent's Canal
Macclesfield Bridge became known as the 'Blow Up Bridge' after a massive explosion on a barge at 04:55 on 2nd October 1874. Three crew members and a horse were killed in the explosion and the bridge was totally destroyed. Many nearby houses were also destroyed and the sound of the explosion was heard for miles around.
The barge was carrying gunpowder, loosely stored in sacks and several barrels of petroleum. It is thought that the petroleum having ignited caused the explosion. Some staves from one of the petroleum barrels was found in the wreckage of a nearby house.
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Saturday, 31 January, 2009   (more nearby)
Saturday, 31 January, 2009
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 278 835 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:32.1565N 0:9.5086W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 279 835
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