Blow Up Bridge
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Blow Up Bridge

This bridge was blown up in 1874 by explosives on a barge.


A barge carrying gunpowder exploded on 2nd October 1874 at 4.55 in the morning, at Macclesfield Bridge.

Three of the crew were killed, the bridge destroyed and windows were blown out a mile away. It also destroyed the house of Alma-Tadema who almost certainly owed his life to a prior engagement.

The canal was closed for four days. Another of the barges was also damaged and sank.

This bridge has become known as Blow Up Bridge.

Location: Macclesfield Bridge, Regents Park, London



Blow Up Bridge