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A steam train crosses the bridge. Note the position of the control cabin mounted on the bridge side.
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Design and manufacture:
Sir W.C. Armstrong, Whitworth Co. Ltd
Build Information: Technical Information: Clear passage of 70ft through opening span
Visited by: , Present Condition: Fixed closed
The 1924 viaduct with opening span replaced an 1860 viaduct. There were 9 fixed spans, split 5 and 4 by the opening span. According to the records of the Institute of Civil Engineers this was the first counterpoised bascule bridge in the British Isles (HEW record no. 2096)
I originally came across this bridge on an old postcard.
Mike Irlam has a lot more detail about the bascule bridge on his website.