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Barnsley Canal - Haw Park BridgeHaw Park Bridge and Stoneheaps Plantation
(Sike Lane & Stoneheaps Plantation to Clay Royd Bridge).
Occasionally, the bridge is incorrectly referred to in print as New Park Bridge.

Haw Park Bridge is about 5.5 km from the River Calder. It carries Sike Lane over the canal at Stoneheaps Cutting. After leaving the Stoneheaps Cutting, the canal runs through pleasant farmland scenery towards Haw Park Woods. A very attractive and usually tranquil part of the Trans Pennine Trail. In the mid-20th century, this bridge was also apparently known locally as "Jones' Bridge".

The Stoneheaps Cutting was one of the more costly parts of the canal, dynamite had to be used to blast a way through the rock.

During the construction of the canal, a barracks to house the navvies was built on the bank above the cutting at Stoneheaps Plantation.

Navvy: Short for navigators, the men who dug the first inland navigations or canals. They lasted from the 1760s to the 1940s as a distinct and separate underclass of people with their own way of life and mode of dress. Essentially they were skilled at moving earth and rock by hand. Originally called navigators, excavators, bankers, diggers. Occasionally also known as pinchers (1850s), thick legs, blue stockings (1870s), bill boys tradesmen and excavators (1890s). The word is still in use in Britain but with a changed meaning, it is now often used to refer to a labourer, usually Irish. This confusion has led some people into thinking that all navvies were Irish. They were not, most were English. (Extract based on 'A Navvy's Glossary' by Dick Sullivan Victorian Web).

Canal craft: The term 'billy boy' refers to a flat-bottomed vessel with a full broad bow ('bluff-bowed'), rigged as a sloop, with a mast that can be lowered to enable the boat to pass under bridges.

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Click to enlargeHaw Park Bridge whilst the canal was still open. Believed to have been photographed in the early 20th century. Courtesy John Goodchild Loan Collection. Click to enlargeSike Lane at Haw Park Bridge, Stoneheaps, view towards its junction with Highfield Lane. Sike Lane is the route for horses on this section of the Trans Pennine Trail (Haw Park Woods - Shay Lane, Walton).
© John S. Sargent 2010.
Click to enlargeHaw Park Bridge, heading southwards from Walton Hall Bridge. this is the beginning of the Stoneheaps Cutting. Sike Lane crosses the bridge and leads to Haw Park Woods. Photographed in March 2000.
© John S. Sargent.
Click to enlargeView northwards at Haw Park Bridge. The footpath, part of the Trans Pennine Trail, continues to Shay Lane at Walton Locks and Soap House Yard. © John S. Sargent 15th March 2010.
Click to enlargeThe towpath in the Stoneheaps Cutting. The cutting was made necessary because Thomas Waterton (father of the Squire) would not allow the canal to pass through Walton Park. This was an expensive part of the canal. Photographed on 25th July 2009. © John S. Sargent.
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Haw Park Bridge, an 'accommodation bridge' carrying Sike Lane across the Stoneheaps Cutting. The building is part of Lakeview within the boundary wall of Walton Park.
© John S. Sargent.
Click to enlargeView southwards at Haw Park Bridge. The footpath, part of the Trans Pennine Trail, continues along the old tow path towards Cold Hiendley through Haw Park Woods. © John S. Sargent 15th March 2010. Click to enlargeHaw Park Bridge, looking northwards in the Stoneheaps Cutting.
© John S. Sargent 2nd March 2009.
Click to enlargeStoneheaps Cutting looking southwards. Photographed 2nd March 2009. © John S. Sargent. Click to enlargeThe towpath south of Stoneheaps Cutting looking southwards. Photographed 15th May 2004. © John S. Sargent.
Click to enlargeView to the south across farmland and open countryside from the towpath between Haw Park and Clay Royd Bridges.
© John S. Sargent 15th May 2004.
Click to enlargeView northwards in Stoneheaps Cutting towards Haw Park Bridge.
© John S. Sargent 25th July 2009.
Click to enlargeView of the bridge looking southwards. No water, just frozen mud. Photographed 19th December 2010. Click to enlargeFishing on the Barnsley Canal, possibly by Haw Park Bridge. From an old postcard, date not known.
Click to enlargeHaw Park Bridge, view northwards to the village from the cutting. From a postcard, 1906.
© John S. Sargent.

The English Flag - The Cross of St GeorgeThis bridge is listed on Images of England, an excellent visual record of English National Monuments.

Details: IoE Number: 342339
Date listed: 27 August 1986. Grade II
Accommodation bridge. Late C18. Hammer-dressed stone, larger dressed stone to intrados* of arch. Single-span bridge set in deep cutting has tall elliptical arch. Band, coped parapet terminates in square piers at right angles. See Blue Bridge.

* Intrados: the inner curve or surface of an arch or vault.

This area is covered by
Ordnance Survey Explorer Map, Sheet 278.

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