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Posted on March 11 2011 at 1:43:38

Readers may remember recent correspondence about the ‘Mystery of canal bridge 63’ at Alvechurch. . .

These photos from the British Waterways archives show the day the bridge – known as Callow Hill Bridge – was demolished in the early 1980s.

1980s demolition of Bridge 63

We’re told it was an ‘accommodation bridge’ which had been required under the Enabling Act authorising the construction of the canal, where fields were severed by the new form of transport, in the 18th century.

As Callow Hill Farm had become the Blythesway housing estate on one side, it was no longer needed and had presumably fallen into a state of some disrepair.

Our correspondent thinks one of the men watching the ‘last rites’ on the picture above left could have been a Sam Jones, who lived at Hopwood.

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