Saturday, 27 March 2010

Monochrome Weekend: Old bridge

(Best viewed large)
This is bridge number 208 on the Leeds-Liverpool canal, known as Junction Bridge, Shipley. Just beside it (to the left of my photo) the canal was linked to the Bradford Canal, a 3.5 mile spur that ran directly into the centre of Bradford. That was closed in 1922 and though there has been talk of reopening it, the plans have not progressed, as far as I know.

I rather like this old bridge, though it no longer seems to go anywhere and it's all a bit decrepit. Have a look at Martin's website for some really interesting info and photos about the Bradford Canal (see comments - thanks Martin!). It says that the bridge enabled boat horses to cross from the towpath of one canal to the other. If you click
this link, there's also a photo and some comment by a gentleman named Mike Short, who seems to know some of the history of the Bradford Canal.


The eagle-eyed among you may be able to pick out the clock tower in Shipley town centre (on the right of the photo) - see my earlier photo of that.

To see more participants in The Monochrome Weekend, click this link.

23 comments:

  1. Another good image. A taste of another time.

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  2. A beautiful bridge indeed. Old buildings are always nice in b&wh, just like this one.

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  3. This is nice - I especially like the reflection of the bridge.

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  4. I liked this one very much. It has got composition, balance, texture, a history lesson - the lot. And an "eye" in the middle.

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  5. If you click this link you will find a whole section on my other website about the Bradford Canal, including photos all along the route and a bit of history about the canal!

    Martin Ashton under Lyne Daily Photo

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  6. lovely... i like old bridges.

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  7. Lovely composition. There's a nice continuum of building materials, from the cobbled pathway, through the bridge and to the building on the canal.

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  8. Wonderful picture! It almost could be taken in past times..I also like the reflection in the water. Very romantic shot!

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  9. I adore things that are sooo old that the moss is that velvety black. The curve of this bridge is so immensely satisfying.

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  10. A fine shot, and a wonderful old bridge - I'm glad it still survives.

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  11. Beautiful bridge. It looks like it could have been taken anytime in the last hundred year or so. It is a bridge out of time.

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  12. This is a beautiful image. It's perfect for monochrome and it's perfect for Weekend Reflections.

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  13. That's a beautiful old bridge and great reflection. I also love the old building on the left.

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  14. Monochrome makes this photo look like it is out of an old history book.

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  15. Wow..all the stone work is amazing here! Looks so enchanting-especially in mono!I like the angle too.
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend-

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  16. That's beautiful. It would look lovely framed in my entryway!

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  17. I really like bridges. This one is awesome. I like it very much.

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  18. The canal gives you lots of shots; I like the cobbles (setts) on the right

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  19. This is a really great photo. The design of it is so interesting. This area of course is all new to me.

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  20. A beauty, Jennyfreckles. And the commentary was very helpful.

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  21. Lovely portrait of an old bridge.

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  22. A masterpiece! Really lovely. ~Lili

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