Photo-a-Day (Wednesday, 10th December, 2014)
I don't see a groove for the tow rope.
I don't understand the point of this structure. It doesn't make any sense to me.
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:-
Ernest dont mention that person on here.Another tv star who will soon get his just rewards!
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!
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.
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?
Grumpy..what are you going on about.
Grumpy, please explain about 'just rewards'
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
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.
Well Dibnah's been dead for 10 years, so he's not here to get any rewards he may be due - just or otherwise!
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.
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!
My sincere apolologies to all .
NOT Fred Dibnah
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.
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 ??????
There was a Bob Randall
There still is a Bob Randall i think he now lives in Spain.
I think you got it right Mick, IF , the community likes it ...enough said