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AIRE & CALDER NAVIGATION - BROAD REACH LOCK TO STANLEY FERRY

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Stanley Ferry Aqueducts.
The original Stanley Ferry Aqueduct was built between 1836 and 1839 to carry the Aire and Calder Navigation over the River Calder near Wakefield in West Yorkshire, England. It is one of the earliest through arch bridges in the world and is considered to be the largest aqueduct executed in cast iron. It was designed by George Leather Sr. and built by H. McIntosh, the aqueduct has a span of 50.3 metres (165 ft), a width of 7.3 metres (24 ft) and a depth of 2.6 metres (8.5 ft). It is still in use today as can be seen in the picture. A second, wider, concrete aqueduct (on the left) was constructed in 1981 and the original aqueduct was then renovated. The River Calder flows left to right under the aqueducts.
[September 2011]

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National Cycle Route 67 and Trans Pennine Trail waymarker at Stanley Ferry Marina.
[October 2010]

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View upstream to the aqueducts and marina.
[October 2010]

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View downstream at
Stanley Ferry Marina.
[October 2010]

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The marina with Ramsden's Swing Bridge. The building is the sanitary station.
[October 2010]

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The marina with Ramsden's Footbridge and Swing Bridge.
[October 2010]

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Ramsden's Foot Bridge.
[October 2010]

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Stanley Ferry Marina with Altofts Bridge, which links Ferry Lane and Birkwood Road.
[October 2010]

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The Stanley Ferry pub is conveniently located on the canal bank. Another pub, The Ship, is close by.
[October 2010]

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A family of swans on patrol.
[October 2010]

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Side view of the original aqueduct across the River Calder (looking upstream).
[October 2010]


The Aire & Calder Navigation

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Read more about Wakefield's canals
in Wakefield Canal Trail
by John Goodchild,
Wakefield Historical Publications.
(ISBN 0-901869-22-8).





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