SD7807 : Bridge Remains

taken 6 years ago, near to Radcliffe, Bury, Great Britain

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Bridge Remains
Bridge Remains
The remains of a former railway bridge on the Manchester, Bury and Bolton Canal at Radcliffe. The bridge carried the line from Radcliffe North Junction towards Black Lane and Bradley Fold. Part of the housing estate in the background is built on the course of the railway, which is shown on the 1940s OS map.
Manchester, Bolton & Bury Canal :: SD7506
The Manchester Bolton & Bury Canal is a disused canal, built to link Bolton and Bury with Manchester. The canal, when fully completed in 1796, was 15 miles long. It was connected with the River Irwell in Salford, in 1808.

From Salford the canal ran up the Irwell valley to reach Nob End, where it climbed the Prestolee Locks, and then split into two branches leading to Bolton and Bury. The canal was built principally to serve the many collieries in the area, as well as to transport other cargo such as stone and timber.

By 1846 a parallel railway had been built to Bury, and the canal went into decline. The Bolton arm went out of use in 1924, though with some minor use until 1947. The Bury arm was breached just above Nob End in 1936, but the then isolated Bury arm continued to be used until 1951, principally between the canalside Ladyshore Colliery and Bury. The final section of the canal was officially closed in 1961, and much of it was filled in.
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LinkExternal link Exploring Greater Manchester, a fieldwork guide (web edition); edited by Paul Hindle, Manchester Geographical Society
LinkExternal link Wikipedia article
LinkExternal link Manchester Bolton & Bury Canal Society website
LinkExternal link Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal, Pennine Waterways
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SD7807, 577 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Monday, 6 February, 2012   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 8 February, 2012
Geographical Context
Suburb, Urban fringe  Railways  Canals 
Canal (from Tags)
Manchester Bolton and Bury 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 7857 0776 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:33.9605N 2:19.5021W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 7859 0776
View Direction
West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway  LYR  Former Railway Bridge  Route of Former Railway  Canal  Ice  Snow  Frozen Canal 

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