Sunday, 27 September 2020

Copley Footbridge over the Calder & Hebble Navigation

 Copley Footbridge

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Copley Footbridge is a pedestrian crossing over the Calder and Hebble Navigation Canal. The bridge carries a path the originally connected Skircoat Green with Norland, but now provides a convenient shortcut between the main A6026 Wakefield Road and the general Copley area.

Copley Footbridge is of iron construction and when I took these pictures in 2019, was in need of some TLC, the bridge as of July 202 is being refurbished and is currently closed to the public. I have been unable to find the age of the bridge, but on a map of Copley published in 1854 the bridge is clearly marked as there. I'm not sure if it's the same bridge that is currently standing though.

The pictures were taken on the 20th July 2019 using a Nikon d3300 SLR camera. They can be seen here, on Flickr and Clickasnap where they can also be downloaded from.

Copley Footbridge
The bridge pictured looking eastwards along the Calder & Hebble in the direction of Copley.

Steps to Copley Footbridge
The steps up to the crossing, the cobbled path providing a short sloped access from the canal towpath.

Northwards over Copley Footbridge

South across Copley Footbridge
The top of the bridge looking north (Pic A) and south (Pic B). In the background of pic b you can see a train crossing Copley Viaduct.

Calder and Hebble from Copley Footbridge
The steps down on the north side of the Canal.

Cobbles from Copley Footbridge
The path connecting the canal with the A6046 Wakefield Road.

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Sunday, 13 September 2020

Sgurr Nan Gillean and the Cuillin Hills, Isle of Skye.

Just a short post featuring a picture that forms part of a collection of images I am currently digitising, this shows the peak of Sgurr nan Gillean in the Cuillin Hills on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. Sgurr nan Gillean rises 3169ft above sea level and is stunning triangular profile can be viewed for miles around the hills. The reflections on the front of the image is of Loch Sligachan.

Sgurr Nan Gillean and the Cuillin Hills, Isle of Skye

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Saturday, 5 September 2020

The Great Wall of Todmorden

The great wall of Todmorden was built as a supporting wall alongside the Rochdale Canal. The wall starts it's rise near to Lock number 19 Todmorden or Library Lock before curving away towards Dobroyd Bridge number 30.

The canal was first to be completed in 1804 and faced little competition until the arrival of the Manchester and Leeds Railway in 1841. As the railways grew and began to transport more goods, stations were looking at expansion and Todmorden Station looked to enlarge the goods facilities it had. In 1881 the wall was completed having used over 4 million bricks and the new goods yard stood on the land above the retaining wall. The goods facilities were withdrawn on the 1960's and the land is now covered by wooded footpath.

There are a total of 13 images that can be viewed here, on Flickr and on Clickasnap. They were taken using a Nikon d3300 SLR.

Great Wall of Tod'. The Rochdale Canal from Lock 19 to Bridge 30
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Great Wall of Todmorden

Great Wall of Todmorden

Great Wall of Todmorden

Todmorden (Library) Lock 19 on the Rochdale Canal

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