SU6269 : Tyle Mill Swing Bridge and the Kennet and Avon Canal

taken 4 years ago, near to Sulhamstead, West Berkshire, Great Britain

Tyle Mill Swing Bridge and the Kennet and Avon Canal
Tyle Mill Swing Bridge and the Kennet and Avon Canal
The bridge was open as I approached it from the south but a lady crew member of this boat soon opened it. Firstly the warning lights flashed and the audible beeper sounded, soon followed by the barriers being lowered across the road. Only then did the hydaulically operated mechanism lift the right hand side of the deck clear of its bed. Rotation clear of the canal followed. The operation took less than a minute.
In the early 1970's (before restoration) I brought a boat to this point, it was as far west as one could sail on the canal. During that era, several bridges similar to this one; still needed to be opened and shut manually, with a winch. That process took considerably longer than a minute.
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Date Taken
Monday, 16 September, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 17 September, 2013
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Canals 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 6266 6923 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:25.1178N 1:6.0177W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 6264 6922
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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