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Old Quay Swing Bridge (Runcorn)

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January 2017. Manchester Ship Canal, swing bridge, Mersey Gateway Bridge under construction

near Runcorn, Cheshire

Crosses the Manchester Ship Canal to link Wigg Island with Runcorn.

See Geograph entry.

The name derives from the Old Quay on the former Runcorn to Latchford Canal, which became known as the Old Quay Canal. This canal was constructed alongside the Mersey estuary to avoid the river's meanderings and tides. The Old Quay Canal became redundant with the construction of the Manchester Ship Canal. The swing bridge, built c.1894, provided access across the Ship Canal to the chemical works established by Wigg Brothers and Steele, the site of which is now a nature reserve called Wigg Island Community Park.

See here for old photos and brief description of the Old Quay Canal.[1]


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Sources of Information

  1. [1] Runcorn History Society - 'The "Old Quay" (Runcorn to Latchford) Canal'