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Salmon Pool (Alphingbrook) Swing Bridge

Page updated 9th August 2011

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An interesting little bridge that joins Alphinbrook Road, Marsh Barton with Riverside Meadows about 1 km above the Double Locks. The wooden floored bridge is swung by hand to allow boats to pass up the canal. It is only wide enough for a single car and provides the only vehicular access to the Double Locks Hotel. Crossing is a bit of an adventure and is accompanied by the rattle of the wooden boards as the tyres pass over them. The approach to this bridge is via a very narrow brick built bridge that crosses the main railway line to Plymouth and Cornwall from St Davids.

There has probably been a bridge over the canal at this point since the first canal was completed by John Trew in 1563. It was last renewed in 1965, when a tender was accepted from Messrs Conoley & Co Ltd of Falmouth, for a new steel swing bridge at a cost of £2,800.

Swing Bridge near the Double Locks Alphinbrook bridge

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