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Restoration of Roman Bridge, Littleborough, Lancs

Nature volume 130, page 340 (03 September 1932) | Download Citation



ADVANTAGE has been taken of the unemployment problem at Littleborough, Lancs, to invite the cooperation of voluntary workers among the unemployed on the ‘dole’ in the repair of the Roman road over Blackstone Edge. A part of the work contemplated has now been completed by the repair of the Roman bridge at the junction of Black Castle Clough and Rag Sapling Clough, which carries the road over Black Castle Clough. Some time ago, Mr. J. H. Price of Rochdale directed the attention of the Rochdale Literary and Scientific Society, and through it, of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Monuments, to the fact that the bridge was in danger of being swept away. Mr. Price's examination of the bridge had revealed the fact, which had been completely forgotten in the course of time, that originally it consisted of two culverts, one of which had collapsed and had become completely overgrown with grass. The original length of 25 ft. had thereby been reduced to 12 ft. This culvert has now been restored and the bridge repaired, under Mr. Price's supervision, with the assistance of local firms who volunteered transport, material, etc. The work was carried out with the approval of H.M. Office of Works. Both Roman road and bridge are scheduled as ancient monuments. It is hoped to carry out repairs on part of the road in due course by the same method.

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