Canal Architecture Question…
Possibly a space for flood gates?/Damns locks at a gues sbut I would need a pic
they were for your punting pole to be placed on a bridge so you can get some purchase [ actually I always assumed that I dont know it to be fact ]
Can you google a pic that shows what you mean?Posted 4 years agoprojectMember
Have a look at the edge of the cannal and there may well be two groves one each side,about 6 inches wide, the inhabitants of the holes are planks which in the event of a breach on the canal and to save water are taken out of the holes and slotted into the groves across the canal, most have been removed now probably due to vandalismPosted 4 years agoslowoldgitMember
Were the little tunnels for drainage behind the arches?
As for JY’s pic, on some bridges you’ll see a horizontal line of protruding stones just below the curve of the arch. I believe they were for centering or scaffolding. See pics of the Ribblehead Viaduct and the Pont du Gard for examples. The holes in the canal bridge might have a similar use.Posted 4 years agobig-chief-96Member
Was riding around Birmingham today and saw, in the old brick bridges crossing the canals, an archway, about a foot above the ground, around 2 feet tall and that stretched back around 12_Posted 4 years ago
-18 feet. There’s an entrance to each ‘hole’ but no exit, and cant think what they were for. Any ideas?GreybeardMember
I’d go for drainage of some kind. Storage of wooden poles or stop logs in a tunnel would have resulted in them rotting; better to put them on a rack in the open air.
Could be a drain from the road above, now redundant, but more likely to drain the bridge abutment – the wall has to take the soil pressure, but better not to give it water pressure as well.
But a photo would help, I may not have visualised the thing correctlyPosted 4 years ago
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