SU8503 : View over Poyntz Bridge at Padwick Bridge

taken 6 years ago, near to Chichester, West Sussex, Great Britain

View over Poyntz Bridge at Padwick Bridge
View over Poyntz Bridge at Padwick Bridge
Poyntz Swing Bridge was named after W.S. Poyntz of Cowdray who was a shareholder in the canal company. In this view a rowing boat is about to go through the bridge hole narrows. On the bank to the left can be seen SU8503 : Chichester Ship Canal - Butterfly sculpture #1 and in the distance, Chichester Cathedral.
The bridge hole here was originally the site of Padwick Bridge, Poyntz Swing Bridge originally having been about a mile to the south - see SU8503 : Chichester Ship Canal - Poyntz Swing Bridge for an explanation of this and more information about Poyntz bridge.
Chichester canal :: SU8504

What is known today as the Chichester Canal is in fact part of the former Portsmouth & Arundel Canal. This was opened in 1823.

In the late 1970s the Portsmouth & Arundel Canal Society was formed with the aim of restoring the canal. By the late 1990s they had reached the junction at Hunston and were working westwards along the main line towards Salterns.

However as work progressed further, the silting became worse, and by the time restoration reached the culverted Crosbie Bridge at Donnington where the road bridge currently forms a barrier to further progress.

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Chichester Ship Canal

The Chichester Canal is part of the Portsmouth and Arundel Canal which linked with other rivers and canals to form an inland waterway route between London and Portsmouth. The Portsmouth and Arundel canal was opened in 1822 and remained in operation as a through route until 1855.

The Chichester section between the harbour and the city was constructed as a ship canal allowing passage for vessels of up to 85 feet in length and 18 feet in width, weighing up to 100 tons. Traffic never reached the expected levels, and ceased entirely after 1906.

After this time, the canal fell in to disrepair and was blocked in 1924/5 to prevent further navigation but sections have recently been restored by The Chichester Ship Canal Trust.

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Date Taken
Monday, 4 May, 2015   (more nearby)
Friday, 8 May, 2015
Geographical Context
Suburb, Urban fringe  Canals 
Canal (from Tags)
Chichester Ship Canal 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 8596 0390 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:49.6959N 0:46.8512W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 8594 0387
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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