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River Irwell Bridge (L&MR)
west of Water Street, Castlefield, Manchester
River Irwell Bridge (L&MR)
associated engineer
George Stephenson
Jesse Hartley
date  1830
era  Georgian  |  category  Bridge  |  reference  SJ828979
photo  Paul Dunkerley
A two-span skew masonry arch bridge that carried the Liverpool & Manchester Railway over the Irwell into the heart of Manchester.
The original route of the railway as sanctioned by Parliament in 1826 terminated in Salford. A deviation authorised in 1829 allowed it to cross the Irwell to terminate on the north side of Liverpool Road.
George Stephenson was the railway's engineer. However, it is thought that Jesse Hartley designed the masonry arch bridge's two skew spans, which measure 20.1m or a 19.7m square span. A second masonry skew arch was designed for the line at Rainhill.
The River Irwell Bridge is 16.2m wide between parapets and carried twin tracks plus a 5.5m wide roadway, included to buy off opposition from the Mersey & Irwell Navigation to the positioning of a pier in the middle of the river.
Resident engineer: Joseph Locke
Consultant: Jesse Hartley
Research: PD
reference sources   CEH NorthBDCE1

River Irwell Bridge (L&MR)

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