Lower Peak Forest Canal

Truss Bridges

A steel truss bridge is constructed of components that may be stressed in compression, tension or both in response to dynamic loads. Bridges of this type were developed in the 19th and early 20th centuries and they were extensively used on railways.

There were two truss bridges on the Lower Peak Forest Canal, only one of which is now extant.

Raglan Street Footbridge, Hyde, 25 February 1979.

This view is looking towards Hyde with Raglan Street off the picture to the left. It connects Raglan Street and Croft Street.

Technically, this bridge is known as a Through Pratt Truss.

Private Footbridge, Hyde, 25 February 1979.

This view is looking towards Hyde, the bridge being situated a short distance beyond Raglan Street Footbridge. It is no longer extant.

It was provided for the private use of Joseph Adamson & Co Ltd, Engineers and Boiler Makers, whose works is off the picture to the right. Technically, it is a Bailey bridge, which is a prefabricated truss bridge developed in Britain during the Second World War for military use.

In the background, Hyde Gas Works and Barnfield Mill can be seen but neither of these features is now extant.