An architectural wander around my childhood

The old single track road bridge over the Lune

I’m not sure what inspired today’s little journey, but some time over the weekend I decided I should head out to the place my family lived between 1972 and 1976- Halton. Part of it was the memory of crossing a narrow bridge to get there.

The bike and I hopped on a train to Lancaster and then I got my bearings and headed out of town toward the M6. A little way the other side of the motorway along the A683 there’s a narrow road which might be easy to miss if you’re not looking for it. Down here, after a few twists and turns, you come to a single track bridge across the river Lune.

The old single track road bridge over the Lune Canoeists Canoeists The old single track road bridge over the Lune

After watching the canoeists for a while I crossed over and wandered around Halton, trying to remember which road we used to live on. (I think I narrowed it down to two possibilities, I’ll have to ask my parents.).

Lancaster architectural details

I headed back to Lancaster along the northern side of the river, stopping to look at work being done on the Lune Aqueduct. I didn’t get a decent picture of it, but I must have been doing that thing where I look like I know what’s going on, because people kept asking me what was being done to a structure I’d only just (re)discovered.

Nearer to Lancaster there’s a really big weir across the river. I found an interesting looking, but inaccessible, little footbridge near it.

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I crossed back over the river on the Millennium Bridge. The light was against me and I didn’t get a picture of the whole of the structure.

Millennium Bridge Millennium Bridge

Then it was into Lancaster centre to get a coffee and take a few pictures before catching a train back to Manchester.

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