new major structure built on the canal in Devon was the William Authers Bridge from
Spurway Road to the Wilcombe estate in Tiverton. The late William Authers was a key figure
in preventing the canal being in-filled in the 1960s. Dudley Weatherley was part of that
campaigning movement creating a superb link between the new bridge and that important work
which has given us such a valuable leisure attraction.
The lift-bridge is a
counter-balanced with the aid of a concealed weight below the deck, an unusual design
feature for a simple, manually operated lift-bridge.
Dams were put in either side
of the bridge site