Canal drawbridge – Photo by Rob Laynton

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This form of canal drawbridge can be seen on the Caldon Canal in North Staffordshire. Sometimes the canal cuts across a farmer’s fields, and a drawbridge like this serves as a connecting link between the fields concerned. The bridge is too low for canal boats to pass under, so it can be raised using a winch. The wooden beams at the top are weighted at one end to serve as a counterweight so that it is relatively easy to raise and lower the bridge as required.

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About Robert Laynton

Robert Laynton likes photography, walking, jazz, reading American Crime Fiction from the 40's, 50's and 60's and vintage comics. He enjoys watching classic films, especially film noir. He lives in England.
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