SD7506 : River Irwell, Prestolee Bridge

taken 7 years ago, near to Kearsley, Bolton, Great Britain

River Irwell, Prestolee Bridge
River Irwell, Prestolee Bridge
Three bridges crossing the Irwell.

The first is Prestolee Bridge, an eighteenth century pack bridge. In mediĉval times the predecessor of this bridge was part of the main route from Bolton to Manchester and until the canal was built, pack horses were the only form of transport available to the industries. This bridge was granted Grade II listed status in 1986. (see also SD7506 : Prestolee Pack Bridge)

At the back, is the Prestolee Aqueduct. This was constructed in the 1790s to carry the Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal across the River Irwell. It is also preserved as a Grade II listed building. (see also SD7506 : Prestolee Aqueduct)

Between these is a more modern, concrete, bridge carrying sewer pipes which is something of a monstrosity by comparison and doesn't really add to the visual impact of the scene! (see SD7506 : Sewer Pipe Bridge, Prestolee).
River Irwell
The River Irwell rises on the Rossendale hills north of Bacup and flows south for 39 miles before joining the River Mersey west of Manchester. It was a very important river in the development of industry, during the Industrial revolution, in Lancashire.
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Date Taken
Monday, 10 December, 2012   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 11 December, 2012
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Rivers, Streams, Drainage 
Canal (from Tags)
Manchester Bolton and Bury 
River (from Tags)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 7513 0625 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:33.1371N 2:22.6111W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 7506 0621
View Direction
East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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