SJ7922 : Shropshire Union Canal on Shelmore Embankment, Staffordshire

taken 8 years ago, near to Norbury, Staffordshire, Great Britain

Shropshire Union Canal on Shelmore Embankment, Staffordshire
Shropshire Union Canal on Shelmore Embankment, Staffordshire, taken 8 years ago
On the left the canal is supported by the mile long Shelmore Embankment. While the contractors tried to complete the mighty task, the bank slipped and collapsed many times. By early 1834 this section was the only uncompleted part of the whole canal. It took five and a half years' continuous work and was finally finished in 1835, many months after Telford's death. There are flood gates at each end to close the channel in case of a breach.

Throughout its 175 year existence there have always been stability problems, and still are. The whole length is lined with mature trees now, and their roots do help. This was not the case in the canal's early years.

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2009
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 20 May, 2009   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 7 July, 2009
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Canal   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 794 223 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:47.8720N 2:18.3378W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 795 221
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