Essex

Historic canal bridge in Essex is rebuilt

Hall Bridge
Image caption Hall Bridge over the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation was first built in 1797

A historic bridge over a canal in Essex has been renovated by volunteers.

Hall Bridge near Freshwater Crescent, Heybridge, was first built in 1797, had fallen into disrepair. The £42,150 work was carried out over six months.

Essex Waterways volunteers worked to the design of the original timber bridges on the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation.

Essex County Council paid £35,000 towards the total cost. The rest came from Essex Waterways and its partners.

Norman Hume, cabinet member for highways and transportation, said: "I am delighted it's now serving the community again as part of the circular walk comprising the Navigation tow path and the sea wall to the Blackwater estuary, while keeping such an important link with our history."

Roy Chandler, director and chairman, Essex Waterways Ltd, said:" Over the last five years we have made numerous other improvements to the Navigation and returning Hall Bridge to its former glory is another great achievement for us."

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