Monday, March 02, 2009
When is a Bridge not a Bridge?
For our contribution on the first Monday of the month to Broer som Binder [Bridges between] today we are in Manchester.
This certainly looks like a bridge but is it?
It lies across Gorton Upper Reservoir to the East of Manchester. I strongly suspect that at one time you could indeed walk across and there are signs of a footpath on the far bank. The curved stonework along the top appears to have been added at a later date to stop people using it as a bridge. The spiked ironwork stretching either side is another added deterent to the foolhardy.
On my earlier post Skywatch at Gorton Lower Reservoir you can see the other side of the bridge where some swans are swimming.
The reservoir is presently very low, but it would seem that at one time the water level was much higher. The reservoirs were built in 1826 and were then Manchester's principal water supply.
More details of and links to other participants to Broer som Binder can be found on Visual Norway.