SJ6931 : The canal in Woodseaves Cutting, Shropshire

taken 7 years ago, near to Woodseaves, Shropshire, Great Britain

The canal in Woodseaves Cutting, Shropshire
The canal in Woodseaves Cutting, Shropshire
Shropshire Union Canal.
Woodseaves cutting, south-east of Market Drayton, is deep and so narrow that in some places boats are unable to pass by each other. Progress can be slow. It is heavily shaded by mature deciduous trees.
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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SJ6931, 30 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 24 August, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 12 February, 2012
Geographical Context
Canals 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 694 311 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:52.6183N 2:27.2932W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 695 310
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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