Iron Bridge, Hall Heys, South Crosland
Known locally as the Iron Bridge, it was built to carry the Meltham Branch Line over the Lockwood and Meltham Turnpike Road as it curves and descends towards Bent Ley Mill and the junction to Meltham Mills. Embankments on either side provided the necessary clearance over the road.
Due to the angle of the road, it was a skew bridge with a gap of 88 feet. The first section of the flatbed ironwork across the span was reportedly completed on Thursday 10 August 1865. Together with the wrought iron plates riveted to the side, an estimated 80 tonnes of iron was used. According to the Huddersfield Chronicle, the design was based on Robert Stephenson's noted tubular Britannia Bridge which spans the Menai Strait.
According to some sources, the wooden panels on the approaches to the bridge were added after a horse was spooked by the sight of an approach train and threw its rider.
The bridge was reportedly dismantled soon after the line was closed and the bridge abutments taken down. The location now marks the northern end of the Meltham Greenway.
Notes and References
- "The New Railway" Huddersfield Chronicle (12/Aug/1865)
- Wikipedia: Britannia Bridge.
- These sources usually claim the rider was killed, however no contemporary newspaper articles were found to substantiate the story.