SU4667 : Kennet and Avon Canal: The New Monkey Bridge, Newbury

taken 9 years ago, near to Newbury, West Berkshire, Great Britain

Kennet and Avon Canal: The New Monkey Bridge, Newbury
Kennet and Avon Canal: The New Monkey Bridge, Newbury
The original Monkey Bridge was an arched steel lattice footbridge built in 1935 with a water main pipe underneath. It was commissioned by the Corporation of Newbury under a local employment scheme. However, by 2005, according to West Berkshire council, it had reached the end of its useful life and also did not meet modern day access standards for wheelchairs, prams and bicycles. It was replaced by the New Monkey Bridge which opened in 2008, a couple of metres to the west of the site of the original bridge. It is to be hoped that space was found somewhere in Newbury to reconstruct the attractive original footbridge for display.

The bridges, old and new, linked the West Fields and Northcroft areas of Newbury via an area of low lying ground between the canal and the River Kennet known as Monkey Marsh, which probably accounts for the name of the bridge. Curiously although the old footbridge was known locally as the Monkey Bridge, that was never its formal title. Now the local moniker has been sanctioned as the formal title.

Despite the cold weather a canoe club was out practising slalom manoeuvres through the footbridge support columns.
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Sunday, 3 January, 2010   (more nearby)
Sunday, 17 January, 2010
Canal bridge   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 464 671 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:24.0674N 1:19.9853W
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