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Lancaster Canal Bridge No.98
southern end of the canal basin, Lancaster, Lancashire
Lancaster Canal Bridge No.98
associated engineer
John Rennie snr
William Crosley Jnr
date  1797
era  Georgian  |  category  Bridge  |  reference  SD474610
ICE reference number  HEW 2041
photo  Paul Dunkerley
One of only two turnover bridges on the Lancaster Canal. They weren't needed because the towpath is located on the same side of the canal for its full length of 57 miles, except for this short stretch in Lancaster.
A turnover bridge is a place for the horses towing the canal barges to move from one side of the waterway to the other when the towpath changes sides. Having the towpath remain on one side helped make journey times faster, especially for express passenger boats. The Lancaster Canal towpath is on its west bank.
The path switches to the east side some 500 yards either side of the canal basin in Lancaster, located southeast of the city centre. And it's here that you'll find Rennie's masonry bridge.
The bridge now carries a minor access road over the canal, as well as being a turnover point. It has a span of 23ft 3in and a maximum headroom of 10ft 1in. The canal is 16ft 9in wide at this spot. The stonework of the arch is 12in thick.
Contractors: John Pinkerton, John Murray
Research: PD
reference sources   CEH NorthBDCE1
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Lancaster Canal Bridge No.98