The Meccano Bridge :: Shared Description

The six-tonne bridge, costing around £90,000 and funded as a "work of public art", was designed by Fallowfield-based public artist Liam Curtin. It was constructed in 2012, using 400 scaled-up giant-sized pieces of Meccano together with 700 nuts and bolts.

Planning permission for the new bridge was granted by Bolton council in September 2012. It replaces a wooden bridge which collapsed around 50 years ago. The original bridge was used by horses crossing from the Bury arm of the canal to the Bolton arm over the top lock at Nob End. It was not replaced as the canal bed had become dry following the canal breach in 1936.

The original walls and abutments have been restored using bricks from the recently demolished workshop nearby. The completed Meccano bridge is fully functional as a walkway, standing 1.3m high and spanning 6.4m across the canal, linking Little Lever with the nearby Moses Gate Country Park.

LinkExternal link Artist builds Meccano canal bridge at Little Lever (Manchester Evening News 8th December 2012)

LinkExternal link (YouTube) interview and video showing preparatory work.
by David Dixon
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SD7506 : Working on the Meccano Bridge by David Dixon
SD7506 : A Giant Nut and Bolt by David Dixon
SD7506 : Meccano for the Bridge by David Dixon
SD7506 : The Meccano Bridge by David Dixon
SD7506 : The Meccano Bridge, Nob End by David Dixon
SD7506 : Meccano Bridge, Nob End by David Dixon
SD7506 : Nob End Locks and the Meccano Bridge by David Dixon
SD7506 : The Meccano Bridge by David Dixon
SD7506 : Meccano Bridge by David Dixon
SD7506 : A Giant Meccano Set by David Dixon
SD7506 : Constructing the Meccano Bridge at Nob End by David Dixon
SD7506 : Building the Meccano Bridge at Nob End by David Dixon
SD7506 : Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal, Picnic Area at Nob End by David Dixon
SD7506 : Nob End, The Meccano Bridge by David Dixon
SD7506 : Meccano Picnic Area at Nob End by David Dixon
SD7506 : The Meccano Bridge by David Dixon
SD7506 : Nob End Locks and the Meccano Bridge by David Dixon
SD7506 : The Meccano Bridge at Nob End by David Dixon
SD7506 : Building the Meccano Bridge by David Dixon
SD7506 : Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal - Meccano Bridge at Nob End by David Dixon
SD7506 : Meccano Bridge, Nob End by David Dixon
SD7506 : Nob End, Meccano Bridge by David Dixon
SD7506 : Approaching Meccano Bridge by Bradley Horrocks
SD7506 : Meccano Picnic Area by David Dixon
SD7506 : Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal, Disused Locks at Nob End by David Dixon

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