SK1900 : Birmingham & Fazeley Canal: Drayton Footbridge and Swivel Bridge

taken 7 years ago, near to Drayton Bassett, Staffordshire, Great Britain

Birmingham & Fazeley Canal: Drayton Footbridge and Swivel Bridge
Birmingham & Fazeley Canal: Drayton Footbridge and Swivel Bridge
This elaborate structure of two staired turrets with crenellated parapets with a footbridge joining them over the canal is a gothic folly. Although the main road south out of Fazeley is immediately to the right there is not, and never appears to have been, anything other than open fields to the left. In earlier times the swivel bridge may have been kept in position across the canal, and on the odd occasion when it needed to be shut to allow a boat to pass would have also been the odd occasion when the footbridge would have needed to have been used.

The footbridge and the swivel bridge on the right, which is now left swung back to allow canal traffic to pass through without hindrance, are both Grade II Listed structures. The National Heritage website describes the footbridge as late 18th Century implying that it was contemporary with the opening of the canal in 1789.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 9 September, 2012   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 19 September, 2012
Geographical Context
Canals 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 1997 0080 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:36.2773N 1:42.3935W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 1997 0082
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