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Photo-a-Day  (Sunday, 26th October, 2014)

Adam Bridge, Southgate

Adam Bridge, Southgate
Southgate meets Warrington Road at the Saddle junction. Southgate links Pottery Road to Warrington Road across the land formerly occupied by The Wigan Corporation Bus Depot.

Photo: Aubrey Fairclough  (Fuji FinePix S2950)
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Comment by: Mick on 26th October 2014 at 00:06

William Kelly Wallace chief engineer of the London, Midland & Scottish Railway, designed the rebuilding of this four-span railway viaduct. It was the first bridge in the country to carry live railway loads on pre-stressed precast concrete beams.
The original bridge carried the then Liverpool & Bury Railway and was constructed in 1847. It was strengthened three times before its rebuilding in 1947.
The concrete beams are 2ft 8in deep and six are used per track, plus one for each parapet. Pre-stressed precast beams had been prepared first in 1938-39 for emergency wartime use for replacing damaged road bridges over railways.

Comment by: ww on 26th October 2014 at 01:54


Comment by: britboy on 26th October 2014 at 03:34

I'm afraid I don't recognise this new bit of Wigan, a lot can change in a short time.

Comment by: peterp on 26th October 2014 at 06:32

Eased the traffic flow out of Wigan but still confusion has to which lane you have to use after the bridge?

Comment by: Garry on 26th October 2014 at 07:20

It's as though the railway bridge was made for that new road.

Comment by: Aubrey on 26th October 2014 at 07:57

To avoid any confusion I was actually standing on Adam Bridge to take the photograph. Adam Bridge is where the River Douglas passes under Warrington Road.

Comment by: Giovanni on 26th October 2014 at 08:46

Nice pic Aubrey. I see the bridge has graffiti on it already.

Comment by: Bradshaws Girl on 26th October 2014 at 09:28

Nice pic Aubrey and thanks for the information Mick - there's always a lot more to things than we think.

Comment by: Giovanni on 26th October 2014 at 11:07

Bradshaws Girl
Did your ancestor write that railway guide that Portillo carrys around?

Comment by: Fred Mason on 26th October 2014 at 11:13

Nice pic, Aubrey.

britboy..you wouldn't recognise Wigan now. It's been moved to Birmingham.!!

Comment by: Neil Rigby on 26th October 2014 at 11:21

before the road was built - Mick's P-a-D 16.07.11:-

Comment by: Alan on 26th October 2014 at 11:49

It would have been a better photo without the car and people in the shot.

Comment by: Marcus on 26th October 2014 at 12:15

Surely Mick, you mean chief CIVIL engineer of the LMS ?
Just for the sake of accuracy, Chief Engineer was a title commonly used to refer to the chief MECHANICAL engineer, The chief mechanical engineers of the LMS being Henry Fowler, Ernest Lemon, William Stanier, Charles Fairburn and George Ivatt but I remember no William Kelly Wallace !
(No offence intended.)

Comment by: Alex on 26th October 2014 at 12:43

I agree Alan.

Comment by: Colin Harlow on 26th October 2014 at 13:05

The original bridge was constructed in 1849. During it's life its been strengthened three times. It was rebuilt in 1947, by Chief engineer and designer of the LMS, William Kelly Wallace and constructed by Leonard Fairclough.

Comment by: Mick on 26th October 2014 at 13:13

Marcus I got the clever technical information from here.


Comment by: Marcus on 26th October 2014 at 13:29

Mick, I see references to the ICE in this website - so looks like Chief Civil Engineer.
Interesting post - also Colin's reference to Leonard Fairclough, a great "local" character.

Comment by: Betty Uffindell on 26th October 2014 at 14:35

Lovely pic brother

Comment by: Aubrey on 26th October 2014 at 14:40

Alan and Alex,
I did want to show the junction being used, as opposed to looking brand new.

Comment by: ann21 on 26th October 2014 at 18:54

I was told that Engineering Students from all over the Country are brought here to see this pre stressed concrete bridge

Comment by: Aubrey on 26th October 2014 at 19:57

Thanks everyone, I am glad you found the photo interesting.

Comment by: dave johnson on 27th October 2014 at 19:01

It actually joins onto Ormskirk Rd.

Comment by: Aubrey on 27th October 2014 at 22:33

Thanks you are correct,my memory failed me.

Comment by: Tri on 7th November 2014 at 17:30

ann21, Really!!! I,m clearly missing something here

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