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Flush Bracket OSBM 2827: Bridge Trafford, Trafford Bridge   

Flush Bracket on W. face of W. battlement of Trafford Bridge [2GL] - estimated location improved to SJ 4491 7105 from previous SJ 449 711.

Location
Grid reference: SJ 4491 7105.
Landranger 117: Chester & Wrexham, Ellesmere Port.
Explorer 266: Wirral & Chester / Caer.
Structure: Bridge.
Waypoint: FB2827.

Neighbouring Flush Brackets
G3161 Bridge Trafford, Village 258.07m to the northeast.
G3160 Mickle Trafford 1.17km to the south.
2826 Dunham-on-the-Hill, Cornhill Farm 1.69km to the east.
2828 Hoole, Old Hall 2.83km to the southwest.
G3159 Hoole Farm 3.04km to the southwest.
The nearest fundamental bench mark is Daresbury, 17.10km to the northeast.

Second Geodetic Levelling, England & Wales (1912-21)
This flush bracket was used during the Second geodetic levelling, England & Wales, and was levelled with a height of 25.4180 feet [7.7474 metres] above mean sea level (Newlyn datum). It was included on the Daresbury to Wrexham levelling line. The surveyor's description was Flush Bracket on W. face of W. battlement of Trafford Bridge.

Logged Visits
Visited on 29th January 2010 by Ramblinjohn. Grid reference: SJ 449 711. Condition: Destroyed.
Information provided by a fellow Geographer refers to a limited edition book "The Gowy from Source to Sea" by Pat Bradley. The book states that the old Gowy bridge remains as a wide footpath on the south side (as seen in my previous photo), and the new, wider bridge was built in the 1940s, which would explain the missing 1912-1921 flush bracket on the north side. It seems that the profile of the bridge (reducing the hump) was changed more recently, which could explain my recollection of the major work there.

Visited on 16th January 2010 by Ramblinjohn. Grid reference: SJ 449 711. Condition: Destroyed.
Like the bridge's cut marks on the east parapet, this is also an interesting one and, like Calico, I couldn't find it. The description is 'West face of West battlement', which would place it on the field side of the bridge. This seems odd, but is exactly the same as the placement of FB2833 on Pulford Bridge, which was part of the same survey. Also the levelled height is nearly seven feet lower than the cut marks on the east parapet, which I think would place it at an accessible height from the field. Having said all that I'm fairly confident this bridge, on this major old 'A' road, was widened significantly about 40 years ago and I think that the FB was probably lost at that time. But it may still be there somewhere, waiting to be found. For a photo of the very wide bridge see: http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1669234

Visited on 18th February 2009 by Calico. Condition: Destroyed.
Not found. BM on middle of E parapet with what looked at first sight like recess for a fb. On closer look I think it was a chiselled out older, larger BM.
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