BRIDGE GUARDS

Canal Boat - - Feature -

In horse-boating days, towropes picked up grit from the ground and be­came very abra­sive, re­sult­ing in deep grooves be­ing worn in the ma­sonry where the ropes rubbed on bridges or lock ap­proaches. Of­ten the canal com­pa­nies would pro­tect the corners of the bridges with guard irons, which were more re­silient and eas­ier to re­place when they got worn. This well-worn ex­am­ple is from the Wyr­ley & Ess­ing­ton Canal, part of the BCN sys­tem, but you can spot them on many canals. Oc­ca­sion­ally, rollers were used in­stead.

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