Egerton Dock

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Egerton Dock
Birkenhead docks - Egerton House - geograph.org.uk - 470607.jpg
Egerton House
Location Birkenhead, United Kingdom
Coordinates 53°23′56″N 3°01′11″W / 53.39887°N 3.01964°W / 53.39887; -3.01964
Opened 1847
Owner Peel Holdings

Egerton Dock, is a dock at Birkenhead, Wirral Peninsula, England. Named after Sir Philip de Malpas Grey Egerton who laid the foundation stone in October 1844, the dock was completed in 1847. This was just prior to a suspension of the dock scheme, due to a financial crisis affecting the Birkenhead Dock Company.[1]

The dock was originally accessible to shipping from the Great Float and via the Morpeth Dock entrance from the River Mersey. Both these passages have since been filled in, making both docks effectively landlocked.[2]

Egerton Bridge[edit]

Egerton Bridge.

Egerton Bridge is situated between Egerton Dock and Morpeth Dock and is a working example of a bascule bridge. It was built between 1928 and 1931, as one of four similar bascule bridges in the Merseyside docks, replacing an earlier swing bridge. The bridge and the machine house were completely restored in 1993 and opened to the public in 1995.[3]


References[edit]

  1. ^ Birkenhead Docks (page1), Merseyside Views, retrieved 12 October 2007 
  2. ^ Collard, Ian (2007), Birkenhead Docks, Tempus Publishing, p. 73, ISBN 978-0-7524-4259-4 
  3. ^ The Birkenhead Dock System (art project), Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, retrieved 12 October 2007 

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