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Lodge Hill Lock Bridge No.1
Glasson Branch, Lancaster Canal, south of Galgate, Lancashire, UK
Lodge Hill Lock Bridge No.1
associated engineer
William Crosley Jnr
date  1823 - 1826
era  Georgian  |  category  Bridge  |  reference  SD480545
ICE reference number  HEW 2042
photo  Paul Dunkerley
A stone arch turnover bridge that carries the towpath of the Lancaster Canal over its Glasson branch adjacent to the canal junction just south of Galgate.
The Glasson branch of the canal was built to provide access to the Irish Sea at Glasson Dock on the estuary of the River Lune. Construction began in 1823 and the branch opened in 1826. The turnover bridge allows horses towing barges along the main canal to cross over the branch in either direction.
The bridge also allows traffic coming from Glasson to join the main canal in a southerly direction without unhitching the towline. This was done to import cotton for the mills in Preston, for example. Horses can also continue towing from the southbound main line down the Glasson branch without unhitching, such as would be done when exporting stone from Kendal.
As the bridge's only purpose is to serve as a turnover point, it was only built wide enough for one horse at its crown. It spans 23ft 5in over the 16ft 6in of the canal branch. The maximum headroom is 10ft 7in. An iron guardrail on one parapet protects the stonework from towline damage. The stones forming the arch are 12in. thick.
Research: PD
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PHEW record by Brian Haskins
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Lodge Hill Lock Bridge No.1