Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Funny brick wall and a sign of transition

This is getting a bit "old news" now, but, for what it's worth, here are my photos of bridges 80 and 79 on the Oxford Canal.

This was almost four weeks ago, so I expect the rebuilding work has been more or less finished.

Here's Bridge 80...

... and this is Bridge 79. We had to squeeze past the works in the bridge hole - I don't know what a widebeam would have done.

Just to the left of the red-and-white post in the above picture is a curious low brick wall.

Was this to test the skill of the brickie? Or to test the mortar? Or did /does it have a practical purpose?

The sign by the works has a mix of Canal and River Trust logo and British Waterways words (the "enquiries" and the "emergency" details).

I see Blogger has decided to go over to the horrible new format for composing posts. It doesn't like my Mac's browser, probably because it is outdated. Grr.


Adam said...

The North Oxford is a narrow canal so a widebeam shouldn't expect to get through, works or no works.

No Direction said...

I would have demolished the bridge and replaced it with a cast concrete or steel one at 50% of the cost, only used by the farmer, we can't keep everything.

Halfie said...

D'oh! Of course, Adam! I was thinking of the combined section between Braunston and Napton (that's my excuse, anyway).

Ray, that's a good argument, but the trouble with it is that it could be applied to hundreds of bridges throughout the system. If the odd one here or there is replaced by a modern structure there will be little to stop more going the same way. The waterways would gradually lose much of their appeal and we would be worse off. I say spend the money, preserve our heritage, and give work to people who need work!