When the water had gone it revealed a multitude of rubbish - mud, dead dogs and weapons from unknown crimes. All this was shoveled into the barges and, where possible, turned into headlines in the local papers to scare the readers. The gates were opened, water flowed in to float the barges and the rubbish was carried away.

Below Westborne Terrace Bridge

Below the bridge the canal narrows so that only one barge can pass at a time. All boats were charged for using the canal according to their loads: the  heavier the load, the lower the barge sank in the water and the higher the charge. The lock-keeper measured the height of the gunwale above the water, read off the weight the boat was carrying from a table and charged accordingly. Reducing the traffic to one barge at a time made checking  toll price easier to control. It also served to reduce the width of the bridge and so save money.

In 1800, the original bridge, was built of curved I girders which press back against strong brick and stone abutments. Riveted to the girders are curved top plates which help to stiffen them and cross braces to prevent twisting. In 1970, Westbourne Terrace was widened. An original limestone quoin marks the joint of the old and new abutments.


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Updated June 28, 2011