Re: : OFF TOPIC: More photographs from the UK
On the 26th May a question was asked about some of the background details in some of my images on Flickr. These are the images:
I've now received an answer from the Armley Mills Industrial Museum:
My colleague Lucy said that you wished to know more about an object that you saw during the Sierra Leone weekend.
The mystery object is actually a foot bridge that was made in Leeds and may in fact be one of the oldest footbridges in the world.
The bridge was constructed of cast iron in six sections and built by the Kirkstall Forge Company for the Great Northern Railway at Retford and later transferred to Todds Green between Stevenage and Hitchin.
The footbridge has a fish-bellied main frame with vertical members extending to hold horizontal wrought iron tension bars. Wrought iron parapet base also attached, with box frame and cross members to support a timber deck. The total span of the bridge is 52ft with a 5ft rise. The shallow cast iron arch was originally supported on brick abutments incorporating arched brick piers and staircases.
The footbridge is No. 93.a and was known as 'Halfpenny Bridge' where it stood at Toods Green. This name may relate to its former use as a toll bridge.
It is hoped that we will be able to restore the bridge in the near future now that we know more of its significance to our railway history.
Thanks for your enquiry,
Assistant Curator of Industrial History
Leeds Industrial Museum Armley Mills
I hope this helps?
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