Heritage Locations

Acton Swing Bridge

The first floating swing bridge in Britain


Period of construction:
1900 - 1949

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Acton bridge, Cheshire, CW8 3QT


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This bridge over the River Weaver was built in 1932 and was the first in the country to rest on a floating pontoon. It replaced an older bridge which was sited a few hundred yards upstream.  The original abutments are  visible on the river banks from the Leigh Arms car park.

The River Weaver was canalised in the 18th century, linking Northwich and Winsford with the sea in order to improve the transport of salt. Before that, salt was moved by road to the nearest navigable part of the river, which is north of here at Frodsham. To begin with, sailing flats were used to move the salt, although they weren't sailed when on the river, but hauled by men on the banks. After a towpath was constructed, horses replaced the men. Once steam barges came into use, more headroom was needed beneath the road bridges, so these were replaced by bridges which swung to one side to allow the boats to pass.


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How To Find:
By road: On the A49  south east of Runcorn and north west of Northwich.


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