A key part of local history is no more.

Elland Bridge, which dates back to 1811, has been reduced to a pile of rubble.

But it’s all going to plan; the flood-damaged historic structure over the Calder and Hebble Navigation is to be rebuilt within months.

Important stones from the bridge have been taken away to be re-used in the new bridge and the rest is to be replaced by modern equivalents.

The bridge was one of the major casualties of the Boxing Day floods, which wreaked millions of pounds damage throughout Elland and the rest of Calderdale.

The road over the bridge crumbled and cracked under the pressure of the flood waters and engineers were left with no alternative but to demolish it and rebuild.

VIDEO CREDIT: Mark Bull
Elland Canal Bridge is taken apart stone by stone for sympathetic repairs.

The work started last week and now the final few segments of the bridge are to be brought down and removed.

Special pontoons have been put in place on the canal to stop debris getting into the waterway.

The Canal & River Trust, the charity that cares for 2,000 miles of historic waterways in England and Wales, is behind the renovation project.

Elland Canal Bridge is taken apart stone by stone for sympathetic repairs.

The work can get under way because utility companies completed works to divert important services such as electricity cables, gas pipes and telecoms wires, which were carried on the bridge. Those services now cross the waterway via a specially-constructed temporary bridge.

Built in around 1811, Elland Bridge is Grade II-listed.

Mark Bull's drone footage of the Elland Bridge demolition

Video thumbnail, Drone footage of Elland Bridge demolition by Mark Bull
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Huge stone copings on the top of the bridge, the dressed stones over the arches (known as voussoirs) and the remains of cast iron rope rollers which allowed boat tow ropes to run smoothly through the bridge back in the days when freight barges were pulled by horse are to be included in the new bridge.

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Judy Jones, heritage advisor for the Canal and River Trust, said: “It’s sad to see the bridge being taken down but this is an important step in reinstating the link across the canal for local people.

“The new bridge should look familiar to local people, retaining the scale of the existing bridge and boasting some of the historical features.”