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Wallasey Dock entrance - Birkenhead Docks
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Address: Birkenhead
County: Cheshire
Country: England
OS Grid Ref: SJ321898
Type: Swing
Built: 1877
Construction: steel
Power: Hydraulic
Use: Road/Rail
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An example of the swing bridges built around Birkenhead Docks
An example of the swing bridges built around Birkenhead Docks
 
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Present Condition: replaced by bascule bridge
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Wallasey Dock opened in 1877. This bridge was marked on early maps and was shown to be a Hydraulic Swing Bridge on the 1928 OS map.

The bridge carried Tower Road over the entrance to Wallasey Dock. another . Tower Road crossed four movable bridges - one over the western entrance to Egerton Dock, this one over Wallasey Dock entrance and two that spanned the entrance locks between Alfred Dock and the East Float. Tower Road became known locally as 'Four Bridges' - a name which is still apparently used today.

Most of the swing bridges in Birkenhead Docks were replaced by identical bascule bridges around 1928-31.

All of the swing bridges that I have found details and images for in Birkenhead Docks at that time were hydraulically operated bridges of plate girder construction. Old photogrpahs show most of them as having a double roadway with railway tracks laid in the surface and outside walkways.

Modern maps show that the Wallasey Dock has been filled in, but aerial images show that the 1930 bascule bridge has been preserved.

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