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Address: Acton Bridge
County: Cheshire
Country: England
OS Grid Ref: SJ601761
     Nicholsons Guide to the Waterways
     Volume 4, page 150 © 2000 Collins
Type: Swing
Built: 1933
Construction: steel
Power: Electric
Use: Road
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Acton Swing Bridge-a
Acton Swing Bridge-a
Construction Partners:
Builder: J. A. Saner
Designer: J. A. Saner
Build Information:
Technical Information: The bridge operation is computer controlled
Support Group: River Weaver Navigation Society  Website:
Visited by: Tuesday Night Club, 2002
Present Condition: Good -operational
General notes:
Carries the A49(T)

A collection of photographs held in the Waterways Archives in Gloucester show construction of the new bridge between 1931 and 1933. The bridge was built in situ working outwards from the centre, with the bridge in the open position. The bridge was complete by February 1933 with work work on the brick control tower complete by May 1933. The Machinery was installed by July and the bridge deck then laid. The bridge was swung shut for the first time on 10th August 1933. The photographs were taken by Harry Brookes of Northwich.

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.

The first bridge across the Weaver at Acton was built in 1751. This 1930's bridge was built about 100 yards north of the earlier site, so I have listed it as a totally seperate bridge location.

Acknowledgements :   Colin Edmonson 
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