SPLIT BRIDGES

Canal Boat - - Feature -

Hav­ing to de­tach the towrope from a horse boat to pass un­der a bridge was a nui­sance, so many lock tail bridges were built as two halves can­tilevered out from the lock­sides, with a gap be­tween them that a rope would pass through. On the Stratford they went a stage fur­ther and used them for some farm ac­com­mo­da­tion bridges too. Many have closed up over the years, but our ex­am­ple on the Stour­bridge still has a clear gap. As an al­ter­na­tive, at Fac­tory Locks on the BCN there’s a bridge with the gap at one end.

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