SJ8219 : Shropshire Union Canal at Gnosall Heath, Staffordshire

taken 7 years ago, near to Gnosall Heath, Staffordshire, Great Britain

Shropshire Union Canal at Gnosall Heath, Staffordshire
Shropshire Union Canal at Gnosall Heath, Staffordshire
The narrowboat by the towpath is being held prior to entering Cowley Tunnel in a south-easterly direction. The canal is in a deep sandstone cutting heavily shaded by mature deciduous trees. The sun is shining brightly onto the canal just a hundred metres ahead.
The Shropshire Union Canal
The Shropshire Union Canal (from Autherley to Nantwich) was engineered by Thomas Telford and opened in 1835. 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 at a time when railways were making serious inroads into the canal companies' businesses.

The current Shroppie north of Nantwich was formerly the Chester Canal, opened in 1779, and has wider locks and bridges. Boats up to nine feet in beam can still navigate this section; Telford's canal accommodates only narrowboats up to seven feet in beam.
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SJ8219, 69 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 24 August, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 10 February, 2012
Geographical Context
Canals 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 823 199 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:46.5841N 2:15.8205W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 823 198
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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