B is for Bridges

According to the Tarot Reading Psychic: “the symbolism of the bridge is not to be taken lightly. In fact, bridges often indicate major transitions in a persons life including important spiritual transformations.”

True or not, I find bridges fascinating and seem to photograph them a lot. Like the one on the left which I took from the footpath beneath the busy A627, while beneath traffic thunders east and west on the M67 motorway.

This week’s ABC Wednesday post has more of my bridge photos. As usual, click on the image to enlarge.

Stockport centre has bridges galore, some of them quite ancient, but you often don’t realise you’re on or under one because they criss-cross the town which is built on steep hills and different levels.

The bridge on the right is next to the 15th century Market Place and quite some way below is the busy shopping street, Deanery Way, that leads to the main 20th century shopping centre.

The next bridge is also quite old and is to be found not far from the motorway bridge I featured  first.

It is a wide shot of the roving and road bridge built in 1804 across the Peak Forest Canal in Hyde which is a Grade II listed building . You can’t quite see the traffic on the A57 that crosses here.

There are no steps and you can see that the cobbled path curls round, across the iron-sided bridge and down the other side. It would have been used to lead the horses that pulled the barges from one side of the canal to the other.

Next up is a more modern affair, or at least the part you can see here is. It is the railway bridge that crosses the M60 from Bredbury to Brinnington in Stockport.

There was a bridge here before the motorway was built and the old one still remains out of picture to the right. The steel extension carries the trains over six lanes of busy traffic.

Left is another railway bridge that also crosses the peak Forest Canal, this time in Dukinfield, just before the canal reaches the Portland Basin.

There were several lines running east from Manchester through Dukinfield, but there is no station in the town these days, although this bridge is part of the main west to east route, from the ferry port at Holyhead in Wales to Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the north east of England.

And I can’t seem to complete an ABC Wednesday post without mentioning a pub, this one being the Bridge Inn.

I must confess that I have cheated with this photo. This wonderful example of stained-glass pub memorabilia can be found at the Tameside Social History Museum at Portland Basin.

A few ABC Wednesday Posts I like

Belize at An Arkies Musings

Boxing, Basking and Blog Books by Wanda

Birgitta by Birgitta

Burnham on Sea at From My View

Bury by Rambler

Brain Blips by Ramblin’ Roger

Nobody’s prefect. If you find any spelling mistakes or other errors in this post, please let me know by highlighting the text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

3 comments… Add yours
  • rog 26th January 2011

    i love bridges – covered bridges, expansion bridges – all sorts – they are functional and, as you note, symbolic

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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  • Wanda 26th January 2011

    First, thanks for naming me one of the blogs you enjoyed. I love bridges, and think you are right, they have a lot of significence. I guess a lot of women, and men too have seen the Movie “Bridges over Madison County”. Nice post!!

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  • Nathalie 26th January 2011

    Fascinating post.

    Nathalie
    ABC Wednesday Team

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