Tuesday, 13 September 2016


From a distance this is a typical canal view complete with a couple of boats and a bridge but lets stroll nearer
to Bridge Number 208 on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal, a modern building reflected beyond, but take a different perspective from the other side
as it would have appeared in the 18th Century, although there would have been no trees and the house would not be falling into dereliction.  Both structures were built in 1774 but whereas Junction Bridge is a historically listed and protected, surprisingly Junction House is not.  In its time it has been a warehouse and home to millwrights and engineers and in the 19th Century one half was lodgings for old boatmen and the other half housed a canal toll office.
The bridge is structurally sound but in the 1970s rather than sympathetically restoring the sets they just slapped concrete on it. 
This stretch of water is the reason it gets the name Junction.  I managed to squeeze into a bit of banking to get the bridge into the photograph but the more pristine view without all the metal
would be this.  What at the time was the junction of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal with the Bradford Canal and at the height of the Industrial Revolution mills would have been spinning wool and this little corner would have been throbbing with the activity of industry and transport.  Problems with the water supply to the Bradford Canal closed it in 1867 but despite a stretch reopening it proved unprofitable and closed for good in 1922.  All that is left today is this 30 metres (98ft).  On the plus side there are 127 miles (204K) of the Leeds to Liverpool Canal to enjoy.  Even better with an unintended piece of synchronicity I'm spending a few days by the side of it this week.
An entry to ABC Wednesday, a journey through the alphabet, this week sojourning at J here


Photo Cache said...

I love this type of bride.


Roger Owen Green said...

some of my favorites: stone structures, bridges, reflected buildings!


Amit Agarwal said...

Very beautiful bridge! Lovely reflections too:)

Melody Steenkamp said...

Lovely scenery and indeed it looks very old... views like these make that I want to travel to the UK someday

Have a nice ABC-day / – week
♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (ABC-team)

Reader Wil said...

Thanks for this piece of history. I like old derelict buildings, for they tell tales from the dim and distant past.

carol l mckenna said...

Lots of beautiful stone work and love the arched bridge ~ thanks for visiting ^_^

Happy Week to you ~ ^_^

Kirigalpoththa said...

Lovely blog!

Jarek said...

Your photos are technically very well taken and beautiful as well. I really like your blog. Well done