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Photo-a-Day  (Saturday, 26th November, 2022)

Bridge Number 2

Bridge Number 2

Photo: Mike Lavin  (iPhone)
Views: 1,803

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 26th November 2022 at 00:19

Mike, you have an eye for good lighting. Cracking exposure on the sky. Pin sharp photo.
I’ve never had an iPhone but they seem to take a great picture.

Comment by: Wigan Mick on 26th November 2022 at 05:13

This is a changeline bridge where the towpath changes sides, designed so that horses towing boats did not need to have the towropes detached.

Comment by: PeterP on 26th November 2022 at 07:35

Half complete barrier? I presume the back swinging section of the existing barrier is for wheelchair/buggy access .Looking at the photo it may be the angle of the photo but it looks very narrow. I bet a disabled person did not design it.

Comment by: Mike l on 26th November 2022 at 07:44

The bride is actually called moss bridge.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 26th November 2022 at 08:05

A peaceful scene. Not sure in which direction the camera is facing, morning or evening ? It keeps me guessing.
I love canals, we have none in Norfolk except a very short one that I think was built for transporting grain to the coast & the Dilham Canal linked up the rivers & broads to Gt Yarmouth.
Good pic.

Comment by: Poet on 26th November 2022 at 09:13

Beautiful , crisp photography . Nothing like a bit of rain to sharpen an image . Quite lonely and bleak , however I can't help thinking of the Stan Laurel sketch where he keeps walking through the gate when he clearly doesn't need to .

Comment by: irene roberts on 26th November 2022 at 10:21

Good photo. I can almost fell the damp chill in the air. It makes me grateful to be at home with the fire on.

Comment by: Owd Reekie on 26th November 2022 at 10:31

Stunning picture. I am immediately drawn to the sun in the sky. Reminiscent of Monet’s painting, Impression, sunrise from which that art genre derives its name.

Soles occidental et redire possunt,
Nobis, cum Semel occidit brevis lux,
Nox est perpetua Una dormienda.

The suns are able to fall and to return,
For us, once the brief light has set,
One eternal night must be slept.

Whenever I see a sunrise or sunset I am always reminded of these powerful words by Catullus. Puts my life in perspective.

Comment by: Veronica on 26th November 2022 at 11:01

This is a lovely photo with a tranquil feeling about it… the sky is beautiful with the sun breaking through and gilding those clouds.

Comment by: Tom on 26th November 2022 at 11:47

Usually the other gate is closed and locked, only way through for bikes prams and wheelchairs is through that funny shaped little gate, that was designed so bikes could be pushed through, but modern bike have low hanging derailleur gears that get stuck and damaged on bottom slot.
I think most bikers stand their bikes up on one wheel to get them past.

Comment by: Veronica on 26th November 2022 at 12:27

Very poignant words Owd Reekie especially so in our later years.
Never mind it’ll soon be Christmas!

Comment by: Fred on 26th November 2022 at 12:41

An excellent photo, I used to cross the bridge to fish in the Blackwaters, a brilliant water for Tench, I think the flash may be filled in now.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 26th November 2022 at 15:18

It is indeed Moss Bridge, in Ince, taken with Scotsman's Flash behind the camera. Although the towpath does change sides here, and this bridge was originally constructed as a roving or changeline bridge, it is no longer configured to work like that. Originally the towpath would have gone to the left, under the arch of the bridge, and then turned back on itself up a slope onto the bridge, allowing the horse and barge to remain connected, with the horse going down the slope on the other side to continue towing without interruption. The slopes on changeline bridges always go up and down on the same side of the bridge to allow this to happen.
Here the towpath goes up on this side of the bridge, and down on the other side. This may have happened when the stone bridge was replaced by the iron one, which could be lifted up as subsidence occurred. The original parapet level of the stone bridge is marked by the line of stones under the newer wall built on top of it.
The nearest true roving bridge is at Pottery Road - where the towpath comes from Wigan Pier, parallel with Pottery Road, crosses the towpath/ foot bridge as the canal turns right, and comes back down to go under the bridges to carry on towards the Wigan Flight.

Comment by: Cyril on 26th November 2022 at 15:49

A dramatic sky Mike, great photo.

Fred, on a web search the Blackwaters or Turner's Flash as Google calls it, is still there.

Comment by: Fred on 26th November 2022 at 18:02

Cyril, I only knew it as Blackwaters Flash, I have just looked on google earth. the flash is a lot smaller now, the part I fished was only yards from the bridge and is now completly dry,as well as a lot more of the flash, Scotmans Flash was also good to fish in.

Comment by: The Real James Hanson on 27th November 2022 at 02:39

"It is indeed Moss Bridge, in Ince,"

I like it, David.

Comment by: Cyril on 27th November 2022 at 16:15

Fred, did the part of that flash you fished get to be filled in by the council when they were tipping the domestic refuse from residents dustbins etc., down there in the 1980s, that tip did have a name, but I can't recall it.

Comment by: Cyril on 27th November 2022 at 21:22

The council tip that was off Cemetery Road was named Ince Moss, and was and still is undergoing restoration as woodland. https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/woods/ince-moss-restoration/

Comment by: John (Westhoughton) on 21st December 2022 at 21:43

Cracking shot of the bridge Mike I ride over that regularly I wish the next changeover bridge at Lily lane was as good as it’s rough as owt shoving bike up anyone less capable would struggle.

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