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Swing Bridge over the Coventry Canal at Fradley Junction

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View from 1971 of the iron swing bridge near the junction with the Swan Inn in the background. Also of moored Swan Line boats near the Swan Inn, Canal and River Trust....

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Comments (4)

Anne Wiese on August 10, 2009

A swing bridge sounds like a good idea! Otherwise, the ships couldn't pass through! Does it swing automatically when a ship is approaching? Lovely picture, Peter! Greetings, Anne

pedrocut on August 11, 2009

Hi Anne

The main traffic nowadays is what we would call longboats or barges, and almost all would be involved in leisure activities. On approach to this bridge someone would have to jump off and swing the bridge over in order to pass.

We had walked across and back over this bridge but never tried to swing it, but your question set me thinking that it must be well-engineered to swing from both sides of the canal.

Looking to find some info I came across this interesting anecdote. The view here from the other side of the bridge shows where the Coventry Canal joins the Trent and Mersey Canal, with the Swan Inn opposite.

The canal was linked to the Trent and Mersey in 1790 and both Companies built homes and cottages for the workers and two warehouses alongside the Inn, the maintenance yard is now a Visitor Centre. The Trent and Mersey Company were very keen not to loose any water to the Coventry Canal and surplus water was led off at an overflow weir and passed along a secret channel underneath the Swan Inn and behind the cottages. The excess water from this was stored in the new Fradley Reservior

Best wishes, Peter

Jon Walker on September 5, 2012

Is this at Fradley Peter,. It must be! It looks like another shot I took myself. I must find it!

Junebug sounds like a Bristolian with her good-ideals! Long time since I heard the accent.

pedrocut on September 5, 2012

Hi Jon

Yes Fradley, just up from the Junction.

Best wishes Peter

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  • Uploaded on August 9, 2009
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    by pedrocut
    • Camera: Canon DIGITAL IXUS 500
    • Taken on 2006/02/02 13:32:27
    • Exposure: 0.013s (1/80)
    • Focal Length: 12.88mm
    • F/Stop: f/3.500
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash