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Oculus Bridge

The Birmingham to Worcester canal was opened in 1815 with the port of Lowesmoor originally intended as the principal canal wharf of Worcester. Around the wharf coal yards,storehouses , mills and granaries were constructed. The port handled large shipments from the Black Country of goods and raw materials, especially coal. However, within a few decades rail was taking over as the principal means of transport and a new railway from Worcester to Hereford was built around 1860. A bridge was designed to carry the track across both the canal and the narrow roadway of Westbury St. Pevsner (1968) attributes the design of the bridge to Charles Liddell. This unique piece of architecture is believed to be the result of having to cross two thoroughfares of differing widths. The large Oculus (hole) above the smaller arch not only reduced the weight of the bridge but also ensured the arch forces had load paths in the right places. 

Oculus Bridge

The Birmingham to Worcester canal was opened in 1815 with the port of Lowesmoor originally intended as the principal canal wharf of Worcester. Around the wharf coal yards,storehouses , mills and granaries were constructed. The port handled large shipments from the Black Country of goods and raw materials, especially coal. However, within a few decades rail was taking over as the principal means of transport and a new railway from Worcester to Hereford was built around 1860. A bridge was designed to carry the track across both the canal and the narrow roadway of Westbury St. Pevsner (1968) attributes the design of the bridge to Charles Liddell. This unique piece of architecture is believed to be the result of having to cross two thoroughfares of differing widths. The large Oculus (hole) above the smaller arch not only reduced the weight of the bridge but also ensured the arch forces had load paths in the right places. 

comments (15)

  • Bonnie
  • United States
  • 16 Sep 2020, 00:17
WONDERFUL treatment on this image! The repeated curves and leading lines draw the eye right into the shot. Beautiful textures..like an engraving.
Bill Phillips: Thanks Bonnie. I removed all the modern artefacts to try and give a greater impression of how it looked originally
A nice shot and treatment Bill. I dont think I've seen that design of bridge before. Lots of canals are so nice now they have been restored.
Bill Phillips: I had no idea about it Frank. Canals have become a great feature in towns and cities lucky enough to have them
i wonder if it looked very different during the industrialized days. it looks excellent now in your shot, Bill.
Bill Phillips: I tried to remove all the modern artefacts to give an impression of how it looked. I suspect the canal would have been busier and dirtier!
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 16 Sep 2020, 01:24
What a brilliant place!
Bill Phillips: A gem in Worcester that I didn't know existed Ray
They were pretty smart back then! It's wonderful... and looks great with your treatment!
Bill Phillips: The Victorians were great engineers
  • Chris
  • England
  • 16 Sep 2020, 05:09
Well thank you. I've seen this bridge before and wondered about its apertures..
Bill Phillips: I had no idea it existed Chris
  • Richard Trim
  • Suffolk: where the sun rises first in England
  • 16 Sep 2020, 05:31
I thought at first, that the mice had been working overtime.
Bill Phillips: You are very silly comrade
Talk about an engineering feat, Bill! And your treatment works a treat.
Bill Phillips: Thanks Ginnie. It is a good example of Victorian skill
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 16 Sep 2020, 06:10
This is so beautiful, Bill and I really like the B&W here. It is like Bonnie says.
In Utrecht they reopened a closed canal and now last week they finished the project and the main canal is a full circle again.
Bill Phillips: The canals here have become a great leisure asset
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 16 Sep 2020, 07:19
A wonderful treament - a great image - I like the name Oculus (eye) Bridge.
Bill Phillips: Yes it is the perfect name Philine.
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 16 Sep 2020, 08:01
I like this very much Bill. After umming and ahing and contemplation I have finally decided to shove it into the likey tin.
Bill Phillips: Well I am much gratified Chad as I put a lot of effort into this image, removing all the modern bits to try to make it look like it did years ago
That is a fine presentation, well worth all the work you put in.
Bill Phillips: Thanks very much Brian
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 16 Sep 2020, 15:04
It's a fine photo and your notes add much to my interest.
Bill Phillips: I am much obliged to you
you did very well framing this backlight image Bill and your treatment of it is superb...
its a likey for me
....petersmile
Bill Phillips: Thank you very much Peter. I man delighted you like it
A lovely image and fascinating info!
Bill Phillips: Thanks Tom. It was new to me. There is more to Worcester than I realised!

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