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 Post subject: Cockden Bride
PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:52 am 

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Cockden Bridge
I spent my childhood (1950s & 60s,) walking down to Cockden.
Why is there a weir at Cockden Bridge? http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/772101


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 Post subject: Re: Cockden Bride
PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2011 7:18 pm 

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 Post subject: Re: Cockden Bride
PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:02 pm 

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Yep! I've just noticed that. Mmmmmmmm! I checked it as well.
No answer then?


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 Post subject: Re: Cockden Bride
PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2011 11:46 am 
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Thr weir may be there to protect the foundations of the bridge's abutments. If there were no weir, the river would sooner or later erode back upstream and undermine them.

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 Post subject: Re: Cockden Bride
PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:19 pm 

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Charon is right. I have recently learnt that weirs were built to protect the foundations of the bridge.


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 Post subject: Re: Cockden Bride
PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 10:13 am 
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That answers as question I've been asking myself for a long time - why there is a weir just upstream of the bridge in Padiham.

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 Post subject: Re: Cockden Bride
PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 8:24 pm 

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Early maps show Cockden Bridge with a ford. This was positioned slightly downstream of the current weir position. Are you sure the weir wasn't to flatten it out a bit to create a level ford bed?
Only asking!


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