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Photo-a-Day  (Wednesday, 10th December, 2014)

New Bridge

New Bridge
Appley Bridge, New Model Bridge.

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Sony HDR-XR200VE)
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Comment by: Ken R on 10th December 2014 at 01:23

I don't see a groove for the tow rope.

Comment by: alan on 10th December 2014 at 05:44

I don't understand the point of this structure. It doesn't make any sense to me.

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 10th December 2014 at 07:03

Mick; I know this location as Randall`s Corner. Is this bridge made from wood and what is it`s width?
This arched bridge reminds me of a Fred Dibnah TV programme. He was explaining the strength of an arch and had built one with bricks and mortar. He then put his weight on the top and it collapsed!
Did you know that Fred Dibnah opened the Golden Days Garden Centre in Appley Bridge? For a photo click on Fred Dibnah on right of wiganworld home page, then Your photos and its last one on 5th row.
Your photo also reminds me of the Millbank flood on Sat.22nd August 1987. See:-

Comment by: grumpy on 10th December 2014 at 09:43

Ernest dont mention that person on here.Another tv star who will soon get his just rewards!

Comment by: Giovanni on 10th December 2014 at 10:12

What is the point of this structure?
Its neither pleasing or crafted well. A waste of time and money! If its made of timber....to the bonfire!

Comment by: Al on 10th December 2014 at 11:24

Never knew that about Fred opening Golden Days Garden Centre, and I doubt many Appley Bridgers or Wiganers knew that either, or in fact that garden centre itself as it always seems to change names and ownership all the time for some reason. I'm suprised it's still open (and countless other garden centres as well) because of the price of stuff in there and the fact that alot of supermarkets and DIY chaines (like the Range and B&Q) are practically selling everything you can get at a garden centre and for alot less. Won't be long until they too will go the way of the pub.

Comment by: Aubrey on 10th December 2014 at 13:03

It would seem Appley Bridge was named after the bridge over the River Douglas, does this model resemble the bridge currently over the Douglas, or any such bridge in the past?

Comment by: Maureen on 10th December 2014 at 13:25

Grumpy..what are you going on about.

Comment by: Owdkewyed on 10th December 2014 at 13:46

Grumpy, please explain about 'just rewards'

Comment by: Mick on 10th December 2014 at 15:41

The bridge is supposed to look like the old hump back canal bridge, and it was put there by the good people who make up the community of Appley Bridge.

The model is made from weather treated timber and covered in weather resistant Linoleum made at the last remaining Appley Bridge factory.

And it will look even more amazing when its got a canal and a barge passing underneath

Comment by: Bradshaws Girl on 10th December 2014 at 16:07

It seems Grumpy is getting his Fred's mixed up. Fred Dibnah was a steeplejack and died a few years ago
with an unblemished reputation but Fred Talbot, the weather presenter has been charged with indescent assault.

Comment by: Carol on 10th December 2014 at 16:36

Well Dibnah's been dead for 10 years, so he's not here to get any rewards he may be due - just or otherwise!

Comment by: Maureen on 10th December 2014 at 17:34

Indeed he has,we went to his funeral..I painted his portrait,and left it at his house when it was turned into a museum.

Comment by: Aubrey on 10th December 2014 at 17:36

Thanks Mick.

Comment by: Ellen on 10th December 2014 at 20:27

Whilst agreeing with those who don't see the point of this structure, I had a little chuckle when I remember an occasion in the early 70's when I had the need to telephone an Appley Bridge number. The attempts of an obviously not-very-bilingual routing operator in Montreal, to pronounce the word "Appley" were most amusing!

Comment by: grumpy on 10th December 2014 at 22:08

My sincere apolologies to all .

Comment by: dave on 10th December 2014 at 23:34

Fred Talbot
NOT Fred Dibnah

Comment by: Hugh Wilson on 11th December 2014 at 00:58

I was born at what is now Golden Days Garden Centre. It was then 181 Back Lane. My parents moved there in 1948 and started a smallholding, which later grew into a plant nursery. My father sold the place to Tommy Dawson in 1959 and we moved to Haigh.

Comment by: GOLDEN BEAR on 12th December 2014 at 01:00

that photo reminds me of back in the early 60s I had just left school and was a butcher's boy on a mobile shop, every Tuesday ,Friday's we would call in and randall came out and bought quite a lot of meat from us and we would fill up with petrol happy times .what was his first name mr randall ??????

Comment by: Mick on 12th December 2014 at 23:56

There was a Bob Randall

Comment by: Dave on 13th December 2014 at 06:43

There still is a Bob Randall i think he now lives in Spain.

Comment by: Tas on 19th December 2014 at 18:12

I think you got it right Mick, IF , the community likes it ...enough said

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