Ashton Avenue Swing Bridge


Ashton Avenue Swing Bridge

Ashton Avenue Swing Bridge 2
The Ashton Avenue Swing Bridge was opened in 1906
Ashton Avenue Bridge 1907 RW
Ashton Avenue Bridge 1907 – Reece Winstone
It was a two layer swing bridge with road over the dock railway

Ashton Avenue Swing Bridge 3

PAB X3303 Pre 1919 A paddle steamer, SS Marchioness, passing through the bridge on the way to Cardiff heads down the New Cut through the Ashton Avenue Bridge.The daily trip cost 1s 6d return and went from the Cardiff Landing Stage next to Bathurst Basin.

The right-hand section of the bridge, which has swung open to let the ship pass, can be seen end-on, with the tunnel-like railway deck below and the road deck above, passing beneath the control tower.
At the left-hand side of the picture is the A Bond tobacco warehouse. Partly hidden behind the trees at the right hand side is Clift House, at one time a diphtheria hospital; this was demolished in 1934. The C Bond warehouse (1919) has yet to appear behind Clift House.

Ashston Bridge ABC Tobacco Wharehouses 1921

Ashton Bridge in 1950s
Ashton Bridge 1960s Paul Townsend
Ashton Avenue Bridge in the early 1960s just before the roadway was removed
PBAN5315 1966 View of the stern of Severn trow “Safety” of Gloucester beached up in the New Cut alongside Tobacco Bond B, awaiting breaking up

The road level was removed in 1965 leaving just the railway after Brunel Way over the Plimsoll and Avon Bridges was opened.

Ashton Avenue Bridge Drawing

Ashton Avenue Bridge from Avon before 2017 refit 2
When the dock railway closed in the 1970s the bridge was used for pedestrian and cycle traffic
Colliters Brook enters The Avon 2018
East of Ashton Bridge is the mouth of the Colliters Brook Culvert