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41-Hayhurst Bridge - Weaver Navigation
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Address: Northwich
County: Cheshire
Country: England
OS Grid Ref: sj656736
     Nicholsons Guide to the Waterways
     Volume 4, page 151 © 2000 Collins
Type: Swing
Built: 1898
Construction: Steel, Wood
Power: Electric
Use: Road
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Hayhurst swing bridge in 2002
Hayhurst swing bridge in 2002
Construction Partners:
Chief Engineer: J. A. Saner
Designer: J. A. Saner
Build Information: grade II listed
Technical Information: beleived to have been first electrically operated bridge in Britain.
Support Group: River Weaver Navigation Society  Website:
Visited by: Tuesday Night Club, 2002
Present Condition: Good -operational
General notes:
Colin Edmondson - historian for the River Weaver Navigation Society - reports that the bridge was originally called Navigation Bridge, and was initially built to provide uninterrupted passage across the river while the adjacent Town Bridge was converted from a fixed girder bridge to a swing bridge. The new Town Bridge and Hayhurst Bridge were of almost identical design.

The bridge was the first bridge in Britain designed to be electrically operated, although Colin reports that the electrical supply was not connected until May 1899. It was also the first bridge on the mainland to have a large proportion of its weight - 255 tons of a total of 305 tones - supported on a sectional pontoon immersed in the river. The area used to be subject to subsidence due to pumping of brine from the salt beds beneath Northwich. To allow for this the slewing ring is supported on a series of piles with screw jacks allowing for adjustment.

The new Town Bridge adjacent to Hayhurst Bridge opened in 1899.

The bridge carries the B5337. It was closed for 9 months in 2004 for 33.5 million refit.

The number reference in the bridge name refers to the sequence of locations of movable bridges on the Weaver Navigation, starting from Weston Point.

My thanks to Colin Edmondson for sharing his list of movable bridges on the Weaver based on 10 years of research.

Acknowledgements :   Colin Edmondson 
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