A little further on Mr Monkey examined the bridge built to carry the Manchester, South Junction and Altrincham Railway over the Rochdale Canal. Built in 1849 by David Bellhouse to a design by William Baker, this is the longest - 99 feet - of four cast iron bridges west of Deansgate Station. It's also the most decorative, and Mr Monkey admired its towers and complicated stonework. On the other side of the bridge Mr Monkey looked at the more utilitarian Cornbrook Viaduct, which has run alongside the canal since 1877. Originally built to carry the trains of the Cheshire Lines Committee into Manchester Central station, it now carries Metrolink trams to Altrincham
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