SJ6545 : Shropshire Union Canal north-west of Audlem, Cheshire

taken 7 years ago, near to Audlem, Cheshire, Great Britain

Shropshire Union Canal north-west of Audlem, Cheshire
Shropshire Union Canal north-west of Audlem, Cheshire
This is the canal approaching Bennetts Bridge, No 81. The enormous new Overwater Marina is off to the left. The bridge is an accommodation bridge, ad carries a public footpath. Off to the left is the enormous new Overwater Marina.

The Shropshire Union Canal was engineered by Thomas Telford. There are long straight sections of this canal which required either embankments or cuttings to avoid the need for locks. Although this was a more difficult procedure, the end route was shorter and the progress for horse drawn working boats could be maintained with (hopefully) no stoppages. The canal (formerly the Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal) was opened in 1835 at a time when railways were making serious inroads into the canal companies' businesses.
Accommodation Bridges
When the canals (or railways) were built in the 18th and 19th centuries, they were often routed in such a way that farmers and other landowners had their land bisected, so bridges had to be provided to allow access to fields on both sides of the canal. These bridges are frequently referred to as accommodation bridges, and however solid and well constructed, often don't lead anywhere except from one field to another.
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SJ6545, 46 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Friday, 26 August, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 21 January, 2012
Geographical Context
Canals 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 652 452 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:0.1812N 2:31.1297W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 652 451
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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