Parlington Hall :: 1930's Day outing, on the railway footbridge
The header photograph is of the bridge which spanned the sunk fence/railway route, between the Dark Arch and the Deer Park, only the foundations remain on the Dark Arch side. Originally I received a copy of this photograph from from a contributor to the Garforth Historical Society as mentioned in the introduction to this section. This scan, from the first generation print, is like the pump picture earlier, much clearer, the construction of the bridge is very evident. Made from timber with ironwork, in the form of rivetted gussets to carry the deck and pass the load down the steps at each side. The handrail is clearly designed for adults only and looks a rather shaky affair. The rise between the steps is very shallow, if the treads themselves are from 1½" timber, then the overall rise looks to be around 4"
Detail of the Bridge
Beyond the bridge are the large Beech trees which still dominate Parlington Lane, just south of the east end of the Dark Arch. Plan of the area click: View Map. [June 2011,The link to the map was corrupt, this has now been corrected, sorry about that!]
Beech Trees Near the Site of the Footbridge
The Footbridge is indicated on the plan by F.B. above the annotation Air Holes and the line of beech trees follows the pathway that branches off from Parlington Lane after the tunnel to the right.
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