Deal signed to secure future of historic bridge

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An agreement has been signed to preserve Wakefield’s answer to Sydney Harbour bridge for future generations.

The Canal and River Trust has been given permission to look after the maintenance of historic Stanley Ferry Aqueduct.

The national waterways charity will repair and inspect the aqueduct under an agreement with English Heritage.

Built between 1836 and 1839, the aqueduct was designed by George Leather Senior and built to take the Aire and Calder Navigation over the River Calder.

It is thought to be the largest cast-iron aqueduct in the world and is said to have inspired the design of Australia’s Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The Canal and River Trust has also been granted permission to maintain Locomotive Bridge, on the canal near Huddersfield, by English Heritage.

Judy Jones, heritage advisor for the Canal and River Trust, said: “These two landmarks are real unsung heroes of Yorkshire’s industrial past.

“They have national significance but most people probably don’t think about their history while they use them as part of their daily lives.

“We care deeply about the heritage of our waterways and the purpose of these agreements is to make sure that we continue to do the right thing in protecting these important examples of Yorkshire’s rich history

“We’re really pleased that English Heritage recognises the genuine pride and passion our teams have shown in looking after these structures over the years and their ability to give them the care and attention they deserve in the future.”

Neil Redfern, principal inspector of ancient monuments at English Heritage, added: “We are delighted to be working with the Canal and River Trust on these agreements and think they’re an excellent example of how heritage can be managed so everyone is happy with the outcome.”

Copies of the Stanley Ferry and Locomotive Bridge agreements can be downloaded by logging on to www.canalriver