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March Barn Bridge, Rochdale Canal
A664, Castleton, Rochdale, Greater Manchester
associated engineer
William Jessop
date  1797
UK era  Georgian  |  category  Bridge  |  reference  SD886110
ICE reference number  HEW 370
Jessop's road bridge over the Rochdale Canal at Castleton was the first correctly designed oblique arched (skew) bridge in the country. He used the method devised by William Chapman in 1787 for the Kildare Canal, Ireland.
The bridge is made of stone and it sits at a skew angle of 60 degrees. The stones that form the voussoirs and span are laid in winding courses, a very difficult form of construction.
The Rochdale Canal links the Bridgewater Canal in Manchester with the Calder & Hebble Navigation at Sowerby Bridge.
Resident engineer (Rochdale Canal): Wiiliam Crossley, then Thomas Townshend
"Civil Engineering Heritage: Northern England"
ed. R.W. Rennison
London, Thomas Telford, 1996
"Biographical Dictionary of Civil Engineers, Vol 1"
ed. Prof Sir Alec Skempton et al
London, Thomas Telford, 2002
reference sources   CEH North

March Barn Bridge, Rochdale Canal