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Photo-a-Day  (Sunday, 11th December, 2022)

Douglas Bridge

Douglas Bridge
Douglas Bridge in Haigh Woodland Park.

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Panasonic DMC-TZ100)
Views: 1,662

Comment by: PeterP on 11th December 2022 at 07:10

What do the padlocks symbolize?

Comment by: Helen of troy on 11th December 2022 at 08:20

Not a very inspiring photo. The bridge looks in need of a new coat of paint & those ugly locks that some people are obsessed with & fix on bridges etc don't enhance the picture at all.

Comment by: freddie on 11th December 2022 at 10:09

choose a colour and get your brushes out Helen

Comment by: Roy on 11th December 2022 at 10:12

PeterP, two people in love. I think it's a European idea, normally the two peoples names are 'written' on the locks, each lock has two keys, two keys are kept and two are thrown into the water below. My wife and myself were responsible for two on the well known Placa del Castell in Benidorm old town, a purpose built promontory that went out into the sea, there were hundreds of locks fastened to the metal 'cage' of a well on there, the two unwanted keys were thrown into the sea. Unfortunately a few years ago Benidorm council decided to rejuvenate the area and the well was replace by a smaller version, what happened to the locks i don't know.

Comment by: Ticsmon on 11th December 2022 at 10:45

What do the padlocks symbolize?

My bike's been nicked!

Comment by: Roy on 11th December 2022 at 10:46

Google... 'Love lock bridges around the world'. The authorities in Paris had to remove the locks from one bridge as the extra weight was causing structural damage to the bridge.

Comment by: Roy on 11th December 2022 at 11:30

Apologies folks, i'm going back a long time, memory is going !!
It's one lock per couple not two that's fastened to the bridge, as i said usually inscribed with the couples names.

Comment by: Tom on 11th December 2022 at 11:35

It must be 40 years ago since I was over this bridge, did the tractor trailer turn around here or was it up nearer to the gate.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 11th December 2022 at 12:31

Roy, I think the same thing happened in Bakewell. A little footbridge over the river had the rails covered with these padlocks. It was affecting the weight load of the bridge & the council decided to remove them & gave people a length of time to remove them if they wanted them any left would be disposed of. They did spoil the look of the bridge as nearly all were covered in rust.

Comment by: Veronica on 11th December 2022 at 13:54

When I was in Scotland this year I saw some locks attached to railings around what is known as Queen Victoria’s View over a very steep slope. Apparently it was her favourite view in Scotland overlooking one of the Lochs. (can’t remember the name of it..) There was loads of them all turning rusty…I didn’t think much of them to be honest. .

Comment by: John (Westhoughton) on 11th December 2022 at 18:27

I ride over that bridge possibly every fortnight after coming down through Haigh Hall and heading to Scot lane to ride through to Leigh on the canal,I’d say those locks are remembering people as the dock railings in Liverpool overlooking the Mersey are full of um but maybe wrong.

Comment by: John (Westhoughton) on 11th December 2022 at 18:36

Veronica could that loch be Loch Tummell close to Pitlochry where you saw Queen Victoria’s View as I’ve visited all around there and stayed at Tummell Valley.

Comment by: Weather Woman on 11th December 2022 at 18:40

Well Helen the photo inspired me to walk down to the Douglas bridge to have a look at this area, I didn't stop at the bridge I kept on going to the cafe near to the hall.

Comment by: Veronica on 11th December 2022 at 19:40

Yes I was based at Pitlochry John. We went to Balmoral and Glamis Castle also Stirling Castle. It was great I love Scotland. Been to quite a few areas on separate visits. I can never remember the names of the Lochs there’s so many.

Comment by: Ron Hunt on 11th December 2022 at 19:55

The first time I saw a bridge with padlocks on was on the Bernatka Bridge in Krakow

Comment by: John (Westhoughton) on 11th December 2022 at 22:15

I visited the salmon run at Pitlochry great area also stayed at Ballater Veronica just down road from Balmoral I think the Queen mother used Ballater train station travelling up there many years ago.

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