SJ9494 : Captain Clarke's Bridge

taken 10 years ago, near to Haughton Green, Tameside, Great Britain

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Captain Clarke's Bridge
Captain Clarke's Bridge
Captain Clarke's Bridge on the Peak Forest Canal from the East.

It is named after the naval officer, John Clarke who lived at Wood End in the 19th century.

The towpath changes sides at this point. The horse, pulling a narrowboat along with a towline attached to its harness, would walk under the bridge then up around the curve, over the canal and down the other side. If the boat was going the other way, the horse would cross the bridge then curve down and go under the bridge. Because the towpath goes under the bridge before circling upwards, the towline could remain attached the whole time, which would save the boatmen time and fiddling about.

See how it looked in 1900: LinkExternal link
Peak Forest Canal

The Peak Forest Canal runs for 15 miles between Ashton under Lyne and Whaley Bridge.

It was built to link the Ashton Canal with the tramways that brought limestone from the Peak District quarries.

The Lower Peak Forest Canal forms part of the "Cheshire Ring".

LinkExternal link Pennine Waterways website including a "virtual tour" of the canal
LinkExternal link and LinkExternal link for information on the history of the canal

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Sunday, 10 April, 2011   (more nearby)
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Wednesday, 13 April, 2011
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Bridge (roving)   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 942 942 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:26.7099N 2:5.2551W
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