THE BRIDGE THE CANAL BASIN
THE ALUMINIUM BRIDGE
This bridge is on the site of an earlier stone bridge which carried the K&A towing path across the entrance to the S.C.C.
The old stone entrance bridge looking towards Dundas Basin.
The lock-keeper's cottage is on the left
Early in the 20th Century the canal became derelict and the bridge was demolished. In 1985, when the entrance lock was being excavated, some of the stonework from the bridge was discovered at the bottom of the lock, it was salvaged and now forms part of the cottage garden wall on the right of the entrance lock.
The aluminium rocker bridge was an experimental design by British Alcan to test the corroding effects of the environment on certain alloys; it was originally installed on the Oxford canal near Banbury. With alteration to the road system in the 1980s it became redundant. One of the restorers of this stretch of the S.C.C., Tim Wheeldon, was working as a helicopter pilot at the time; he spotted the redundant bridge from the air and arranged to have it moved to its present position.
Old photograph on Bathintime website
The Aluminium Bridge The Entrance Lock The K&A Canal Bridge No.177 The Warehouse The Toll House Acraman's Crane Gauging Blocks Lock Keeper's Cottage The Stop-plank Rack More about the Somersetshire Coal Canal >> Brassknocker Basin
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