Whitby swing bridge

Stephen Knowles

Ingleton, United Kingdom

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HDR Consisting of 6 shots, taken with a Nikon D300s and Sisma 10/20 lens, mounted on a Manfrotto tripod. Processed in Photomatrix pro and CS4.
The link to my own website is below:
stephenknowlesphotography.co.uk

If you’re thinking of a holiday staying near Whitby, I can recommend:
Roraima House B&B

THE SWING BRIDGE 1908 – PRESENT DAY
The present steel swing bridge, commissioned by Whitby Urban District Council in 1906 to carry the ‘A’ class road across the Esk, provided the maximum width possible to river traffic. This vital dimension was 100 feet (30.48 metres) between the centres of the two piers. The structure was designed by Mr J Mitchell Moncrieff, of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and constructed by engineers Heenan and Froude of Manchester (whose most iconic structure is Blackpool Tower). Total costs of the bridge are put at £22,582 14s 4d.

The two leaves are moved by electric motors controlled by the bridgemen from positions on the bridge itself. The original roadway was paved with wooden blocks and the specification was that the bridge must “carry a traction engine weighing 15 tons’ The current bridge has spanned the river Esk longer than any of its predecessors and is a rare example, in the UK, of a twin leaf bridge carrying an ‘A’ class road, Whilst ship building on the Esk is now more limited, the need to maintain navigation to and from the upper harbour remains.
The link to my own website is below:
stephenknowlesphotography.co.uk

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