SD9050 : Double Arched Bridge, Leeds and Liverpool Canal

taken 5 years ago, near to East Marton, North Yorkshire, Great Britain

Double Arched Bridge, Leeds and Liverpool Canal
Double Arched Bridge, Leeds and Liverpool Canal
This odd-looking structure (Bridge #161 on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal) is the famous “double-arched bridge” which carries the busy A59 road over the canal and looks like two bridges stacked on top of each other. It would appear the upper arch was built on top of the original bridge to raise it up to the level of the rest of the road – thus allowing it to be better used for vehicular traffic. It is not clear whether this was done when the bridge was first built in the eighteenth century, or later when the road was improved. The upper bridge does not look to be particularly newer that the lower, so perhaps it was built like this.
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
Saturday, 26 July, 2014   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 30 July, 2014
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Canals 
Canal (from Tags)
Leeds and Liverpool 
Camera (from Tags)
Panasonic DMC-G3 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 9092 5084 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:57.2144N 2:8.3911W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 9094 5091
View Direction
South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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Canal  Canal Bridge  Canal Towpath  Double Arched  Eighteenth Century  18th Century  Towing Path  Tow Path 

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