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Wednesday, 17 April 2013

ABC Wednesday: New Bridge

Today's post for ABC Wednesday is N for "New Bridge" and the photo shows the new bridge that is being constructed over the Ashton Canal at Margaret Street, near Portland Basin.

The bridge replaces an older bridge that was too narrow for larger trucks to cross to gain access to industrial premises on the south side. Unfortunately this bridge was 115 years old, making it one of the oldest structures in Ashton. The brick-arched bridge was constructed to give access to fields and a handful of cottages, which were all that there was between the canal and the river at that time. But, hey - what is the value of history when it stands in the way of progress?

See Google Street View of this location.

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"New Bridge" is a contribution to ABC Wednesday. For more "N" posts from around the world please follow this link.


  1. That is a shame about such an old bridge being replaced. Too bad they couldn't have kept both although I guess a new bridge beside the old one would have cost more to divert traffic. Carver, ABC Wed. Team

  2. I know progress is necessary, But I am always a bit sad when we lose a piece of the past.
    An Arkies Musings

  3. would that be this bridge that has been replaced?

    1. Yes, it would, Gerald, although it is actually bridge number 28.

    2. thanks for correcting me - I've ammended errors of 4 photos now - here is another view of the bridge from the other side taken from a boat.

  4. I don't see the photo,but it's too bad they couldn't salvage the old one somehow.

    abcw team

  5. Oh! When I posted, the photo popped up! Never mind...lol



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