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BARNSLEY CANAL - WALTON HALL BRIDGE TO STONEHEAPS PLANTATION

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Barnsley Canal - Walton Hall Bridge

This page covers the area around Walton Hall Bridge and the stretch of canal between the bridge and Stoneheaps Plantation. The bridge is about 5 kilometres from the Calder.In the mid-20th century, this bridge was also apparently known locally as "Lister's Bridge".

The towing path is part of the Trans Pennine Trail and connects Shay Lane (near the Walton Sports and Social Club) with the old avenue near the golf club. There is a small car parking area opposite the entrance to the golf club.


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1. Walton Hall Canal Bridge. Picture dates from around the early 20th century.

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2. Walton Hall Bridge.
[December 2009]


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3. A closer view from the south side of the bridge. There is a light dusting of snow.
[December 2009]

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4. The bridge viewed from the south.
[June 2000]
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5. Underneath the bridge there are two slots, one on each side, for stop boards.
[December 2009]
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6. Over the years the tow ropes from the horse to the barge wore away at the bridge and created ruts in the stone. To provide some protection, metal plates were fastened to the bridge, however, over the years, the ropes created furrows in the metal.
[December 2009]

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7. Walton Hall Bridge viewed from the public footpath on the eastern bank of the Barnsley Canal. The low wall is the remnant of Squire Waterton's historic wall. The wall was almost razed to the ground at this point; as a consequence of this, there is now an excellent view of the golf course from the club house and the Park Grill & Restaurant situated on the western side of the canal.
[February 2004]

Bridge description: Accommodation (1) bridge. Dating from the late 18th century at the beginnning of the canal's existence. This attractive bridge is a Grade II listed building constructed of hammer-dressed stone, ashlar (2) band and coping (3) to parapet. Single horse-shoe elliptical arch. Parapet terminates in square piers at either end.

(1. accommodation bridge, a bridge connecting two parcels of land, Walton Hall Bridge connected Walton Park with the village of Walton. The Avenue connecting The Balk with the Park was not a public highway. The Watertons originally owned land on both sides of the canal.
2. Coursed ashlar is a class of stonework in which the pieces are uniform in size and the bed joints are continuous.
3. Copings are the topping for a wall)

This bridge is listed on Images of England (IoE no. 342340).
An excellent visual record of English National Monuments.

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