Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Holliday Street Aqueduct, Birmingham made by Andrew Handyside & Co Derby in 1884

As well as Derby's famous Friar Gate Bridge, Andrew Handyside also made many other bridges around the UK and the world. This blogpost is about Holliday Street Aqueduct, Birmingham, UK made by Andrew Handyside & Co Derby in 1884.

This Aqueduct carries the Worcester and Birmingham Canal over Holliday Street, it was made in Derby by Andrew Handyside & Co of Derby. Its quite a wide Aqueduct at 54.30 m (178.14 ft).

There are 24 cast iron columns (12 on each side), 4 of which are ornately decorated. The decorative columns are located on the South West and North East road entrances.
Thee are 6 old style lamp posts providing light under the Aqueduct, at night there are spot lights which illuminate alternate arches from each side.

The Aqueduct is formed from a Cast iron frame trough which is carried on segmental brick vaults supported between guiders which are then supported by cross guiders on cast iron columns along the pavement edges.

Here is a video tour showing you all the details of this aqueduct



Or use this link to view the video : Video tour of Holliday Street Aqueduct, Birmingham made by Andrew Handyside & Co Derby in 1884


I captured a 360 degree photograph up high next to the decorative iron work, see here : https://goo.gl/maps/1sMCNFeC2p2zfpGB9

Here is a Google Streetview of the bridge as seen from the road bridge:
Streetview of Barton Swing Aqueduct.

Can you help find more Handyside stuff ?
If anyone out there knows of any other bridges around the world bearing the Handyside badge that I have not mentioned yet then please get in touch with details, location, photographs etc.

Thanks
Andy

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