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Author:  spacer [ Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:52 am ]
Post subject:  Cockden Bride

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

Author:  rexwatson [ Tue Mar 22, 2011 7:18 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Cockden Bride

But no groom....

Rex

Author:  spacer [ Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:02 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Cockden Bride

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

Author:  charon10 [ Wed Mar 23, 2011 11:46 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Cockden Bride

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.

Charon

Author:  spacer [ Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:19 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Cockden Bride

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

Author:  portia [ Wed Nov 07, 2012 10:13 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Cockden Bride

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.

Author:  Plaques [ Wed Nov 07, 2012 8:24 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Cockden Bride

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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