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Mark’s History: Newlay Stone Bridge’s past – and a lovely view too!

Newlay Stone Bridge number 221 is the oldest bridge in Newlay, something I think people forget when they talk about the younger one that also crosses the river nearby. Newlay Stone Bridge is actually around 30 years older, writes Mark Stevenson.

In 1777 the canal was open from Leeds to Gargrave, so the bridge could be as old as that.

Dating back to the 18th century? Newlay Stone Bridge. Photo: Mark Stevenson

There are around 226 bridges all over the canal. Most are stone or swing bridges and are numbered starting from Liverpool. When additional bridges were erected a letter was added to the number.

Pollard Lane now runs over the top of the bridge.

Grooves created by rope over the years. Photo: Mark Stevenson

Originally the road was called Bywater Lane. You can still see the grooves where the rope that connected the horses to the barges would rub against the walls.

Pollard Lane runs over the bridge. Photo: Mark Stevenson

The view from atop the bridge is always worth a look. 

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