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29-Winnington Bridge - Weaver Navigation
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Address: Winnington
County: Cheshire
Country: England
OS Grid Ref: SJ642750
     Nicholsons Guide to the Waterways
     Volume 4, page 151 © 2000 Collins
Type: Swing
Built: 1908-09
Power: Electric
Use: Road
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Winnington swing bridge-a 2002-refurbished-a
Winnington swing bridge-a 2002-refurbished-a
Construction Partners:
Contractor: Yorkshire Heavy Engineering Ltd - supply and installation of nose wedging system
Build Information:
Technical Information:
Support Group: River Weaver Navigation Society  Website:
Visited by: Tuesday Night Club, 2002
Present Condition: Good -operational
General notes:
Carries the A533

Drawings deposited with The Waterways Archive in Gloucester (Cat.Ref. No. BW132/7/2/4/1) show that at least four alternative positions were considered for this bridge. The required lengths to span the waterway depending on position ranged from 154' to 209'. Comparison with the position of the bridge on OS maps shows that the most northern option requiring the shortest swing span of 154' was eventually chosen.

This gave a clear waterway of 55' when the bridge was open. The roadway is 19' wide with a 5' footpath. The pivot point was set 61' from the short end, giving a long arm of 93'.

The bridge was controlled from a machinery house on the east bank.

The drawings are signed by JA Saner with the date 8/3/07 with a handwritten note in the corner 'sent to Reginald Potts Esq 13/6/07.

The bridge was more than twice the length of the old bridge, which had a swing span 70' long and 12' wide. The new bridge was built slightly to the south east, requiring re-alignment of the approach roads. A temporary road bridge was constructed while the old bridge was demolished and the new one installed.

Colin Edmondson - Historian for the River Weaver Navigation Society - explains that the alternative options considered for this bridge were to allow for a proposed new light railway connecting WArrington and Northwich. Construction of the line would have required a different position for the bridge to allow an easier radius for the track as it approached the bridge. The lie did not materialise and the bridge was built to accommodate only a single carriageway road. Colin points out that this is the only main road swing bridge on the navigation that is not supported on a pontoon. 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, historian for the River Weaver Navigation Society, for sharing his list of movable bridges on the Weaver based on 10 years of research.

Acknowledgements :   Caroline Jones, Archivist, The Waterways Archive, Gloucester. Colin Edmondson 
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