ST5672 : Ashton Swing Bridge, Bristol

taken 55 years ago, near to Clifton, Bristol, Great Britain

Ashton Swing Bridge, Bristol
Ashton Swing Bridge, Bristol
At one time this bridge over the New Cut was a really extraordinary structure - it had 2 decks, road above rail, & swung, using power supplied from the City Docks hydraulic system. The control cabin was on an elevated structure spanning the roadway. Built by Bristol Corporation & opened in 1906 it allowed the GWR's line to Wapping Wharf (from Temple Meads) to be extended to serve more wharves, a new goods shed at Canon's Marsh, & to connect with the Portishead Branch. A swing bridge was needed because the New Cut was used by river traffic to access Bathurst Basin. It was last swung in 1934 & formally fixed in 1951. The roadway & control cabin were removed in 1965-66 as part of major road changes around Cumberland Basin. The railway line survived (but singled) until the coal traffic ceased in 1987. The bridge survives, now Grade II listed in spite of the removal of its unusual features, for use by pedestrians & cyclists.
Date of photo uncertain, but 1966 or 1967.
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Date Taken
1966   (more nearby)
Friday, 29 May, 2020
Geographical Context
Roads, Road transport  City, Town centre  Railways 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 5689 7210 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:26.7742N 2:37.3028W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 5692 7212
View Direction
Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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