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Photo-a-Day  (Tuesday, 17th November, 2020)

Plantations Bridge

Plantations Bridge
Haigh Woodland Park 7th November 2020.
Has this bridge got a proper name?

Photo: Dave (Oy)  (Fuji X-T4 : 16-55mm F/2.8 )
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Comment by: John Noakes on 17th November 2020 at 00:18

(noun): - A construction spanning a waterway, ravine, or valley from an elevated height, allowing for the passage of vehicles, pedestrians, trains, etc.

Comment by: Linma on 17th November 2020 at 06:30

How many of us have walked across that bridge over the years.

Comment by: Fred Mason on 17th November 2020 at 07:01

YUP, it's Autumn again.

Another good one, Dave.

Comment by: Mick on 17th November 2020 at 07:45

If you dont know, nobody will know.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 17th November 2020 at 08:16

In the Ordnance Survey Guide to the L&L, Bridge 60 is named as Haigh Park Bridge.

Comment by: Mick LD on 17th November 2020 at 08:44

Most canal related websites (Canal & River Trust, Leeds Liverpool Canal etc) designate it as Haigh Park Bridge.
(Bridge number 60.)

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 17th November 2020 at 08:57

Is this the bridge that appeared in Foyle's War. (the final episode, "Elise", that was filmed a Haigh Hall)? I seem to remember a scene where a car drove over it and I recognised it from childhood visits to the Hall with my parents. We always went from the Wigan Lane entrance to the Plantations, usually on the tractor.

Comment by: DTease on 17th November 2020 at 09:11

When I was a kid we always called it the ‘The Green Bridge’.
To the left of the bridge, on the opposite bank is where we used to dive in when we went swimming there.
I’ve noticed this year that lots of kids were using the Locks near Rose Bridge to jump off.

Comment by: Rubyshoes on 17th November 2020 at 09:12

A fantastic Autumnal photo. Love it.

Comment by: Veronica on 17th November 2020 at 10:19

It looks good, the bridge blends in with the surroundings. It's not just a solid construction that sticks out like a sore thumb.

Comment by: walt (nth Yorkshire) on 17th November 2020 at 11:11

Dave, like DTease say's, all the kids in Aspull knew it as "Green Bridge" many a happy summer holiday was spent here swimming int'cut. Mam packed a little bottle of pop and a packet of crisp to keep us going until home time. Those were the days, I learned how to swim here, never did dive in though, too scared !. I remember older boys diving from the bridge into the middle of the canal, don't think it was much deeper than 5 ft, that would be late 1950s - oh happy days !!

Comment by: Lynne on 17th November 2020 at 12:14

I used to love walking up to Haigh Hall via that bridge. Unfortunately I'm now very disabled and can't walk anywhere. Haigh Park Bridge is now "A bridge too far for me!" (Apologies to the makers of the film!)

Comment by: tuddy on 17th November 2020 at 15:29

Irene, that's the bridge from the Foyle's war episode.

Comment by: KenR on 17th November 2020 at 16:52

I think you are right Irene, Foyle's War. This was a favorite of Ron Dawbers he called it the Blue Bridge and the Iron Bridge. RIP Ron.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 17th November 2020 at 17:16

Thanks, tuddy. xx

Comment by: Mick on 17th November 2020 at 17:25

Boxing day on the Haigh Park Bridge.


Comment by: Vic on 17th November 2020 at 17:26

The scene from Elise filmed on the bridge was the hijacking of a lorry loaded with cigarettes, the vintage lorry with the W. Hunter livery was hired from Huntpac in Tarleton. The gunshot and the cawing of Rooks that could be heard was dubbed as there's no Rookery in there, also quite a few local folks were cast for extras in the scenes at Haigh Hall and around the park, so you could may well spot your neighbour.

Comment by: Edna on 17th November 2020 at 17:52

Lots of happy memories for me in this photo.From courting as teenagers.To a long and happy marriage.Walked over this bridge millions of times.Thanks for the photo Dave..

Comment by: Dave (Oy) on 17th November 2020 at 22:48

Thanks folks - glad it went down well. :)

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