SM9515 : Haverfordwest railway bridge

taken 2 years ago, near to Haverfordwest/Hwlffordd, Pembrokeshire/Sir Benfro, Great Britain

Haverfordwest railway bridge
Haverfordwest railway bridge
This bridge, which runs parallel to the bypass road bridge over the River Cleddau, dates from the arrival of Brunel's GWR line in the mid-19th century. At that time the Haverfordwest was still an active trading port. Although 7 miles from the mouth of the river at Milford Haven ships were able to navigate up to the town for the import and export of goods. In order that the town did not lose its waterborne traffic the bridge was constructed with a lifting mechanism to allow masted ships to pass through. Although the arrival of the railway spelled the end of river commerce, by the terms of the charter the bridge had to be raised at least once a year so that the river remained technically navigable and the town retained its access to the sea. This custom continued up until the 1960s according to this fascinating account by a retired station master LinkExternal link (Archive LinkExternal link )
The photograph shows the remains of the lifting machinery below the drawbridge. (Access is possible through the grounds of the priory.)
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Geograph
Date Taken
Thursday, 29 January, 2015   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 30 January, 2015
Geographical Context
Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Railways  Derelict, Disused 
Primary Subject of Photo
Bridge 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SM 958 152 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:47.8948N 4:57.7690W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SM 958 152
View Direction
Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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