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Soap House Bridge
Cherry Tree
Walton Hall Bridge
Haw Park Bridge
Clay Royd Bridge
Blue Bridge
Canal Route Map

See also
Walton Hall
Waterton's Wall


Barnsley Canal - Walton Hall BridgeThis 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".

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[For more pictures of the 'topside' of the bridge click here]

Click to enlarge Walton Hall Canal Bridge. Picture dates from around the early 20th century.
Click to enlargeWalton Hall Bridge. Photographed on 19th December 2009. © John S. Sargent

Click to enlargeA closer view from the south side of the bridge. There is a light dusting of snow. More was to follow.
Photographed on 19th December 2009. © John S. Sargent
Click to enlarge Walton Hall Bridge viewed from the south. The towing path continues to lock 15 and on into the village at Shay Lane near the Walton Sports and Social Club. The ramp leads from the towing path up to the road linking Walton Hall with the Balk ("The Avenue"). A small car park is off to the left, opposite the entrance to the golf club. The towing path forms part of the Trans Pennine Trail.
Photographed June 2000. © John S. Sargent.
Click to enlargeUnderneath the bridge there are two slots, one on each side, for stop boards.
Photographed 19th December 2009. © John S. Sargent.
Click to enlargeOver 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. Over the years, the ropes still created furrows in the metal.
Photographed 19th December 2009. © John S. Sargent.


Click to enlargeWalton 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 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.
[28 Feb 2004]

Bridge description: Accommodation* 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# band and coping** to parapet. Single horse-shoe elliptical arch. Parapet terminates in square piers at either end.

(*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, Walton with the Park was not a public highway. The Watertons originally owned land on both sides of the canal. # Coursed ashlar is a class of stonework in which the pieces are uniform in size and the bed joints are continuous. ** 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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