SJ9169 : Royal Oak Swing Bridge

near to Oakgrove, Cheshire, Great Britain

Royal Oak Swing Bridge
Royal Oak Swing Bridge
Royal Oak Swing Bridge
Macclesfield Canal Royal Oak swing bridge no.49 was one of 13 originally built across the canal mostly for farmers and this bridge was the only one to carry a public highway. The deck was replaced in 1973 by R.J. Russell & Co. Ltd at a cost of 13,461.00 from what appeared to be the original 145 year old deck. Modern traffic was too much for the bridge and it was upgraded in 1986 when the opportunity was taken to electro-hydraulic power operate the bridge. In 1988 Road Barriers were added. Again due to heavy traffic use it was fitted with a new deck, timber base with modern wearing surface, in January 2012.
The Macclesfield Canal
One of the last narrow canals to be built the canal was approved by Act of Parliament in April 1826. Thomas Telford surveyed the canal and construction was engineered by William Crosley. The completed canal was opened on 9th November 1831 at a cost of 320,000.00. The canal was bought out by the Manchester, Sheffield & Lincoln Railway in 1847. With nationalisation in 1947 it passed to the Docks & Inland Waterways Board with commercial carrying finishing only in the 1960's shortly before British Waterways was formed. The canal runs from Marple Junction with the Peak Forest Canal in the north 26 miles to the stop lock at Hall Green near Kidsgrove. The canal is noted for its six fine change or snake bridges where the tow-path changes sides of the canal. These bridges were designed to allow the horse to move over without having to untie it from the boat. Thanks to Telford's design for commercial traffic the Macclesfield Canal has a very shallow and tapered bottom. The deep channel is just wide enough for two boats to pass in the centre making mooring other than at wharves 'challenging'.
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Wednesday, 30 August, 1989   (more nearby)
Saturday, 12 May, 2012
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 91693 69414 [1m precision]
WGS84: 53:13.3025N 2:7.5524W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 91681 69455
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