It was designed by the same John Arthur Saner who designed the Dutton Horse Bridge, and apparently many other structures along the River Weaver. The current bridge opened in 1933, replacing a previous structure which had been able to carry only one line of traffic with an axle weight limit of 8 tons.
One website describes it as "the first floating swing bridge in Britain", although I think there is some confusion there with the nearby Northwich Town Swing Bridge, which has a plate on it claiming it to be "the first road swing bridge on floating pontoons".
The use of contrasting black-and-white paint is common to many of the structures along the River Weaver.
The edge of the bridge deck is painted with black and white bars, presumably to warn of limited headroom. Interestingly, the footway parapets are painted with the same alternating pattern. This makes the parapet appear to dissolve into a series of isolated panels with open gaps between them, which is a peculiar effect, if intentional.
- Google maps / Bing maps
- British Bridges: An Illustrated Technical and Historical Record (Public Works, Roads and Transport Congress, 1933)