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Alfred Docks -North bridge - Birkenhead Docks
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Address: Birkenhead
County: Cheshire
Country: England
OS Grid Ref: SJ321901
Type: Swing
Built: 1866
Construction: iron plate girder
Power: Hydraulic
Use: Road/Rail
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Tower Quay E Float Alfred Dock Birkenhead c1905
Tower Quay E Float Alfred Dock Birkenhead c1905
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Present Condition: Good -operational
General notes:
Alfred Dock opened in 1866. 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 locks between Alfred Dock and the East Float. Tower Road crossed four movable bridges - this one, another across western entrance to Egerton Dock, one across the entrance to Wallasey Dock, and one that spanned the southern lock chamber 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.

Aerial images show that the replacement bascule bridge has been preserved.

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