SD9851 : Brewery Swing Bridge, Skipton

taken 7 years ago, near to Skipton, North Yorkshire, Great Britain

Brewery Swing Bridge, Skipton
Brewery Swing Bridge, Skipton
This swing bridge on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal in Skipton carries Brewery Lane over the canal. However at the moment (June 2011) the southern (left in the photo) side of Brewery Lane is completely closed with a barrier across it. Despite this the bridge remains closed (i.e. across the canal) by default as pedestrians still use it. The bridge is electrically operated by use of a BWB* key supplied when you hire the narrow boat. Most swing bridges on the L&L are completely manual, some have electrically operated barriers and lights, and some also open using an electric motor. I think, but am not certain, that this one required manual pushing - perhaps a Skiptonian or canal user can confirm or deny this.
*BWB = British Waterways Board who look after the majority of Britain's canals.
Leeds & Liverpool Canal
The Leeds & Liverpool canal at 127 miles in length from River Lock in Leeds to the Canal Basin in Liverpool, is the longest canal in Britain to have been built and operated by one Canal Company (The Grand Union is longer but was an amalgamation). It has 91 locks, and two main spurs both of 7 miles known as the Leigh Branch (2 locks) and Rufford Branch (8 locks) as well as the tiny Springs Branch in Skipton of just half a mile length.
The maximum length of boats that can use the canal is 60' (though from Wigan to Liverpool full 72' boats can use it). The beam is 14'3" and the headroom limitation is 8'
The canal was authorised by parliament in 1770, and the first (lock-free) section was open by 1773. Two significant but unconnected sections had been completed by 1777, but the Napoleonic Wars got in the way of investment in the canal systems, and so the canal was not finally linked up and completed until 1816.
It is now a very popular canal for holidays, being both very scenic in some stretches and historically interesting as it passes through many of the great industrial towns of the North, linking the two great cities of its name. It also passes through the World Heritage site of Saltaire, where Titus Salt built his mill and model village for his workers.
Leeds and Liverpool Canal :: SD8842
The Leeds and Liverpool Canal is the longest canal in Northern England at 127 miles long. The first of the trans-Pennine canals it took 46 years to build at a cost of five times the original budget, mainly because of the length and complexity of the route. It passes through 91 locks with a summit level of 487 feet at Foulridge near Nelson and Colne. It was originally conceived in the 18th century to carry woollen goods from Leeds and Bradford and limestone from Skipton but in its 19th century heyday it carried stone, coal and many other goods. The impact of the railways was not as great as with other canals and commercial traffic continued along the main canal until 1964. Regular work stopped in 1972 when the movement of coal to Wigan Power Station ceased. In the latter part of the 20th century the leisure potential of the canal was developed and it is now a popular destination for cruising, fishing, walking and cycling. See LinkExternal link for detailed information.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 26 June, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 16 August, 2011
Geographical Context
Sport, Leisure  City, Town centre  Water resources  Canals 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 9857 5161 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:57.6344N 2:1.3969W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 9858 5162
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Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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