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Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Canal Bridge

"C" is for "Canal" and today's photo shows the point where two of Ashton's Canals meet.

The Ashton Canal terminates here at Ashton Old Wharf and the Huddersfield Narrow Canal begins, heading under Whitelands Bridge to the first of 74 locks between here and Huddersfield. The wooden lock gates are just about visible through the arch.

The white oval plate to the left of the arch shows that this is Bridge Number 111 - the numbering starts at the Huddersfield end, whereas the locks were numbered from both ends, with this one being 1W (for "west").

The smaller arch to the right was built to allow boat horses to pass under Whitelands, wearing their harnesses, while their boats drifted through the main arch. At the time when the canal was opened, in the 1790s, all canal boats (and other vehicles) were horse-powered!

The design of the canal arch is interesting in itself but you will have to wait until we get to "S" to find out why!

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See Birds Eye View of this location.

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  1. It's a long wait from C to S. Those of us with senior brains will have forgotten by then. ;~)
    Interesting photo. I don't know if I mentioned my best friend and her British-born husband are about to move from the west coast of Canada to England to retire on a canal boat. I can hardly wait to visit them!
    -- K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  2. CREATIVE CALCULATORS those canal guys

  3. As ROG says CREATIVE CALCULATORS those canal guys
    With my warped sense of numour the only thing I can the come up with for the "S" would be the bridge builders remark."SH!T"!!!

  4. must know this bridge so well but i can,nt,old age i suppose. the other of this bridge was a old building in which was stored war surplus,as a child use to play amongst the stuff.

  5. Jaywit tries at ."SH!T"!!!

    Nothing as crude as that would be my guess --

    try "SW!K" for a nearer idea - and remember I am a canal expert (:-(

    Pete (who has a canal bridge in his garden)


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