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Unusual View of Forth Road Bridge

From River Forth. Part of Forth Bridge to left:-

Forth Road Bridge From rIver

Forth Road Bridge from below:_

Forth Road Bridge From Below

Forth Road Bridge From Below Again

“Old” Forth Bridges

Forth Road Bridge with Forth Bridge behind.

North spans:-

"Old" Forth Bridges 1

South spans. Bow of SS Black Watch in shot:-

"Old" Forth Bridges 2

Queensferry Crossing (xi) and HMS Prince of Wales

We happened to be going under the new Forth Road Bridge on our way to Norway the day they opened it to foot passengers (for the one and the only time.) Our eldest son and his intended entered the draw and won tickets for that. I don’t think they’re in these photos. (Forth Road Bridge in background in first one.)

New Forth Road Bridge 56

Queensferry Crossing

Before we set sail, HMS Prince of Wales, the second new Royal Navy aircraft carrier, could be seen from the dock at Rosyth:-

Aircraft Carrier, Rosyth Dockyard

Queensferry Crossing from the River Forth:-

New Forth Road Bridge 57, From the River

From below:-

New Forth Road Bridge 58, From Below

Bridge Support from the river:-

New Forth Road Bridge 59, Support, from the River

East side, from the river, looking south:-

New Forth Road Bridge 60

East side, from the river, looking north, Forth Road Bridge to right:-

New Forth Road Bridge 61

More Rochdale

I liked this frieze above the windows of Rochdale Museum:-

Rochdale Museum Frieze

Also these stained glass windows which seem to be on someone’s extension:-

Stained Glass Windows, Rochdale

Across the road from the Museum was a green park-like area with this iron pedestrian bridge:-

An Iron Pedestrian Bridge in Rochdale

Nearby was this statue of John Bright:-

Statue of John Bright, Rochdale

John Bright Statue, Rochdale

This spire-y thing is by the side of the road. I’ve no idea what it’s for:-

Roadside Spire

The town centre has this statue of sheep (rams):-

Statue of Rams, Rochdale Town Centre

And spot the dedication on the bridge (which I ought to have placed in yesterday’s post):-

Co-operation

Rochdale

Until recently the River Roch through Rochdale town centre had been covered over for decades – almost a century. It’s been opened up now and the river looks well. A town always seems better for a river running through it.

Bridge in Rochdale town centre, Art Deco former Regal Cinema, now The Regal Moon, in background:-

Bridge over River Roch, Rochdale

Bridge in Rochdale town centre from opposite side, Town Hall in background:-

Town Bridge + Hall, Rochdale

Rochdale Town Hall and Square:-

Rochdale Town Hall and Square stitch

One side of Rochdale Town Square (to the right in previous picture):-

Rochdale Town Square

Rochdale’s most famous daughter is perhaps, Gracie Fields. There is a statue of her, complete with old style microphone, in the town square:-

Statue of Gracie Fields, Rochdale Town Square

Different angle. Town Hall in background:-

Reverse Angle Gracie Fields Statue,

The Rochdale trams are colourful; well, bright:-

Rochdale Tram

Thurso, Bridge and War Memorial

We couldn’t go all the way up to the Pentland Firth and not visit Thurso, the northernmost town on the British mainland.

This bridge over the river Thurso takes you from the east (left in the picture) into the town centre:-

Thurso, Bridge Over River Thurso

The War Memorial is located in Sir John’s Square. Dedicated to “those from the parish of Thurso who, in the war of 1914-1919 laid down their lives for God and country and the cause of freedom. We thank God on every remembrance of them.” The 1939-1945 plaque lies below the dedication:-

Thurso War Memorial

North face. Great War Names:-

War Memorial, Thurso

West face. Great War names:-

Thurso War Memorial

South face. Great War names:-

War Memorial, Thurso, South Face

Detail:-

Thurso War Memorial Detail

The Waterpoort, Sneek

The Waterpoort is the old entrance to Sneek town centre by canal. I suppose it functioned as a sort of mediaeval toll gate as well as the entrance to the town.

Canal with Waterpoort in distance:-

Canal and Waterpoort, Sneek

Bridge and Waterpoort behind:-

Bridge and Waterpoort, Sneek

Waterpoort from canal basin:-

waterpoort

View from Waterpoort:-

View from Waterpoort, Sneek

Waterpoort clock from town side:-

Waterpoort Clock, Sneek

Queensferry Crossing (x)

Photos from March 2017. Gap finally closed.

From South Queensferry:-

New Forth Road Bridge 49

New bridge in full, Forth Road Bridge to right:-

New Forth Road Bridge 50

From approach road to North Queensferry, Forth Road Bridge in background:-

New Forth Road Bridge 51

Northern support pillar and cable stays:-

New Forth Road Bridge 52

Northern cable stay tower:-

New Forth Road Bridge 53

All three cable stay towers:-

New Forth Road Bridge 54

South cable stay tower and support pillars. Work still being done where gap was closed:-

New Forth Road Bridge 55

More Kemback

There are two bridges over the burn at Kemback. This one is up the village a bit:-

Bridge at Kemback

This one is just by the junction of the road which goes to Cupar eventually:-

Kemback Bridge

While we were coming back down from the church these aeroplanes flew overhead:-

Aeroplanes over Kemback

Queensferry Crossing (ix)

These were taken in late December 2016, so I’m a bit late getting round to posting them. The first three are views from North Queensferry, the later ones are from South Queensferry.

North support pillar:-

New Forth Road Bridge 42

North cable stay tower:-

New Forth Road Bridge 41

Central and south cable stay towers:-

New Forth Road Bridge 43

Last gap in bridge:-

New Forth Road Bridge 44

Close up on final gap. This is the one where I heard the support pillar’s foundations had been a bit suspect:-

New Forth Road Bridge 45

Looking over Port Edgar Yacht Club:-

New Forth Road Bridge 46

New bridge in full (except for last gap):-

New Forth Road Bridge 47

Three Bridges Panorama. From left, Queensferry Crossing, Forth Road Bridge, Forth Bridge from South Queensferry side:-

New Forth Road Bridge 48, Three Bridges Panorama

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