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Monday, December 01, 2008

The Roving Bridge


The first of December is a Monday. The first Monday of the month is when I contribute to Broer som Binder [Bridges between]. The City Daily Photo Blog theme is Circles or Spheres and so how should I combine the two themes?

Clearly there is a bridge in this picture. It is the Manchester Road Roving Canal Bridge on the Peak Forest Canal.

Now the question is: how does a horse towing a boat perform a circle and cross to the other side of the canal without being unhitched?

The answer is: at a roving bridge.

The towpath here is on the right hand side. Approaching the bridge, the horse climbs up, crosses over the bridge and as the towpath passes to the other side it turns in a circle and passes under the bridge on the opposite side.

An earlier picture on Old Hyde shows the left hand side more clearly.

You can see the approach from the other side here and how the towpath exits in this picture.

There is another, perhaps more famous, roving bridge on this same stretch of canal: Captain Clarke's Bridge, of which you can see more on Old Hyde.

More details of and links to other participants to Broer som Binder can be found on Visual Norway.

To view thumbnails for all participants to the "circles/spheres" theme, visit the CDPB portal.

31 comments:

Petrea said...

You've done a witty combination of two themes, Gerald. Along with great links and fascinating photos. Great post.

Mediterranean kiwi said...

well done, you managed to combine the memes well
the scene looks calm and peaceful, but rather chilly with that whiteness in the sky.
we've had hardly any rain here - will we have enough water, I dont know...

Saretta said...

That is really fascinating! Would the next bridge down the river be set up going in the opposite direction?

Dan said...

Wonderful combination of themes! Very clever. Not to mention how interesting this is!

Denise said...

I am learning so much about things in England that when I was young I had no interest in. I am finding this fascinating and enjoying your photos very much. Thank you!

marley said...

Great combined post. I never even thought about how horses do that! Very informative.

Corey Templeton said...

Very interesting and pretty

USelaine said...

Very sharp thinking with this, Gerald! Thanks for the concise explanation.

Wayne said...

This is a lovely shot Gerald. I've walked a few towpaths and opened and closed more than a few locks but I've never seen this sort of arrangement for getting the horses across the canal. The things I learn on CDP.

Denton said...

You may have to draw a picture for me to get the idea (smile) ... I read the Wikipedia entry for roving bridge but I think I will have look for a video.

bitingmidge said...

Great post Gerald! I think the various reflections and pathway curves evoke the discussion as well!

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nobu said...

Beautiful scenery!
I'd like to stroll there.

magiceye said...

how interesting!

jill said...

Very clever Gerald and wonderful info, photo and links as well. Kind of reminds me of our interstate highway cloverleafs.

Hope said...

A very interesting post and clever interpretation of theme day! Excellent!

RuneE said...

That was really nifty design. I would never have thought of it. Thank you for telling me!

Fio said...

Very clever interpretation :)
Greetings!

Ineke said...

Great story and photo

Small City Scenes said...

Oh how clever you are---But---thanks for onterpetaion too. MB

PJ said...

A roving bridge? What a grand concept and so beautifully made. Great idea, Gerald. I htink before this is all over you'll have done a wonderful job of mapping your hometown.

Cezar and Léia said...

Perfect! Congratulations! :-) Léia

Kuanyin Moi said...

Love the way you combined the two themes---beautiful!

Tash said...

Fantastic combo! The bridge is beautiful too. I saw all the curves (which was enough for Theme Day as far as I'm concerned) but the purpose of the bridge is just amazing.

Jilly said...

What a fascinating tale of this roving bridge. We learn so much on the CDP. Lovely choice for today and so clever, Gerald.

Tanya said...

Cool connection Gerald, well done!

mkhansen said...

One of the best posts for this Theme Day, in my opinion. Strikes a chord with me, too, because I grew up along the Erie Canal.

Neva said...

Very nice....quite a bit of work....

AntiguaDailyPhoto.Com said...

I am so glad you posted the links to the other photos of the roving bridge otherwise I would not understand the concept... you never take the easy approach to the theme days, I see.

Hilda said...

This is so fascinating! I think my dad would have loved this post too. We don't have tow paths or boats towed by animals, for that matter. Cool info!

I'm late, but happy theme day!

Keropok Man said...

Great combi photo.
The people who thought of this is so clever!

Happy Belated Theme Day.

kunal bhatia said...

very clever :)
and this setting is so serene, unlike mumbai of the past week
- Mindless Mumbai

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