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Thwaite Mills, bridge over River Aire

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Thwaite Mills, bridge over River Aire
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Undated. View of the iron swing bridge over the River Aire at Thwaite Mills, which connected the Hunslet Goods Yard rail line to Stourton Goods Yard.

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Lee Davidson

Comment:
This bridge, although not far from Thwaite Mills, could more accurately be described as being at Knowsthorpe Fall. The "Lost Railways of West Yorkshire" website contains the information that it never functioned as a swing bridge because it had no mechanism, and that it was demolished in 1977, though the piers remain. The canal owners had insisted that it be built as a swing bridge in case the canal became a ship canal.

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John Harvey

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The massive circular stone built pivot of the bridge is still standing. Known by locals as "The Ramscer",it was quite a dare to climb onto it. A bigger dare, and it seems amazing with hindsight, was to walk across the arch of the bridge! The building to the left of the pic is the lock-keepers house.

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Roger

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Re walking across the arch of the bridge. I am certain that one of the Maher family actually attempted it and fell off.

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06-Jul-2009

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Billy Britvic

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I lived in the "Peppers" in Hunslet as young lad in the early to late 60's. Myself and several other young scallywags, Howard Sheldon, Tony Hartley, and the Skerritt brothers, Dave and Trevor amongst others used to play on this bridge. We all walked across the arch many times, it was about 3 foot plus wide with massive rivets. We also climbed UNDER the bridge? yes, under, you could gain access to the box section immediately up the embankment to the right as you look at this pic, and climb inside and crawl along. The round stone structure in the centre, which is still standing, could be accessed by climbing over the side of the bridge and dropping in, although it is empty you could see the huge concrete bed that the engine would have been bolted to, I think it must have been used at least once as there was a lot of oil and grease on the mounting, we had a rope swing in there. At this time trains were still using it although I believe it was only for shunting purposes in the late 60's. It was an exciting place for us youngens!!!!

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06-Jun-2011

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David Maher

Comment:
It was me that fell from this bridge when I was 10 years old, and yes I did attempt to walk across the arch of the bridge, but it was not from there that I fell. I fell from the track level, whilst trying to get underneath the bridge. ( You can see this position at the Supporting wall just behind the lock keepers house, I landed on grass at the side of the canal, missing the stone canal edges by a couple of feet. My first recollection of the incident was being carried over the Locks on a stretcher. I had also been inside the Central support (Ramsker) but my father told me although the bridge was at first going to be a swing bridge it was never actually used as such

Date:
29-Dec-2012

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