Wednesday, 22 July 2020

Bridges on the Calder & Hebble Navigation

Bridges on the Calder & Hebble Navigation Canal is a set of images featuring each bridge on the canal from Sowerby Bridge Wharf, the canals junction with the Rochdale Canal until Salterhebble, where the canal has a junction with a short branch towards Halifax. The distance between the points is approx. 2 miles and whilst their are no canal locks along this stretch of the canal, the total amount of structures crossing the canal is 11. There are 2 pipe bridge, 1 footbridge, 2 railway bridges and 7 road / access bridges.

Bridge 1
Bridge 1 or Chain Bridge is also known locally as Gas Works Bridge carries Chapel Lane across the canal. It is sighted alongside the Navigation Inn and the former Sowerby Bridge gas works site. The 1st Sowerby Bridge Pipe Bridge crossers the canal alongside Chain Bridge.
Chain Bridge or Gas Works Bridge, The Calder & Hebble
The first pipe bridge can be seen behind the seat and before Chain Bridge

Chain Bridge or Gas Works Bridge, The Calder & Hebble

Chain Bridge or Gas Works Bridge, The Calder & Hebble

Sowerby Bridge Pipe Bridge
Sowerby Bridge Pipe Bridge whilst not really classed as a bridge carries pipes across the canal full of gas from the nearby gas works. It has a foot platform which is used to allow maintenance to the pipes.
Chain Bridge or Gas Works Bridge and Sowerby Bridge Pipe Bridge, The Calder & Hebble

Bridge 2
Walker Bridge or Mearclough Bridge number 1 carries Walker Lane Across the canal providing access for the nearby industrial units and beyond.
Walker Bridge, Calder & Hebble Navigation

Walker Bridge, The Calder & Hebble Navigation

Bridge 3
The 2nd Mearclough Bridge, also known as Canal Road Bridge carries an ancient packhorse route across the canal that connected Warley and Norland. The road becomes Fall Lane just as the canal bridge and nearby river bridges meet.
Mearclough Bridge, The Calder & Hebble Navigation

Mearclough Bridge, The Calder & Hebble

Bridge 4
Edwards Road Bridge connected the 2 sides of canal mills that once overshadowed both sides of the canal banking until fire destroyed them in April 1980.
Edwards Road Bridge, Calder & Hebble Navigation

Edwards Road Bridge, Calder & Hebble Navigation

Bridge 5
Hollas Lane or Sterne Mills Bridge was recently widened to allow redevelopment of the surrounding area in a scheme known as Copley Valley.
The Calder & Hebble Navigation underneath Sterne Mill Bridge

Sterne Mill Bridge, The Calder & Hebble Navigation

Bridge 6
Copley Footbridge provides a pedestrian route on to the canal. Currently closed (July 2020) to undergo much needed maintenance.
Copley Footbridge, Calder & Hebble Navigation

Copley Footbridge, Calder & Hebble Navigation

Copley Footbridge, Calder & Hebble Navigation

Copley Footbridge, Calder & Hebble Navigation

Bridge 7
Copley Lancashire and Yorkshire Viaduct features 23 arches and crossers the Copley Valley, River Calder & Calder & Hebble Navigation. Built around 1851 to provide a direct rail connection between Halifax and Sowerby Bridge.
Copley Railway Viaduct, Calder & Hebble Navigation

Copley Railway Viaduct, The Calder & Hebble Navigation

Bridge 8
Copley Lane Bridge provides access across the canal to Copley Village from the main A6026 Wakefield Road.
Copley Lane Bridge, The Calder & Hebble Navigation

Copley Bridge, The Calder & Hebble Navigation

Bridge 9
Lister Bridge is a closed to traffic road bridge that allows pedestrian access to the canal. The bridge connected the main A6026 Wakefield Road with an access to the Copley water treatment works but this has long since been closed off and is now most overgrown.
Lister Bridge, The Calder & Hebble Navigation

Lister Bridge, The Calder & Hebble Navigation

Bridge 10
Salterhebble Railway Bridge is kind of still lucky to be in use, the line which crossing being rarely used during the 1970's, 80's and 90's until Brighouse Railway Station was reopened. As there were many plans to cut back rail services during this period it's a surprise this bridge survived. Not back in use with regular trains passing over it.
Salterhebble Railway Bridge and Stainland Road Bridge Beyond. The Calder & Hebble
The bridge beyond is Wakefield Road under which the canal heads on a short spur to Salterhebble Moorings. This for a time was the junction for the Halifax Branch of the Calder & Hebble Navigation which ran up in to the town to canal wharf that was alongside the current day railway station. The canal past through 14 locks on the climb up and it was closed to traffic in 1942. Much of the route has been filled in now but it does feel a missed tourism opportunity for the town.
Salterhebble Railway Bridge, The Calder & Hebble


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