SJ6931 : In Woodseaves Cutting south-east of Market Drayton, Shropshire

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

In Woodseaves Cutting south-east of Market Drayton, Shropshire
In Woodseaves Cutting south-east of Market Drayton, Shropshire
Progress along the Shropshire Union Canal can be slow through this deep tree enshrouded cutting.
2 mph speed limit signs used to be shown at each end, but the canal is so shallow in many places, boat speed often barely reaches that. In some places two boats cannot pass each other. In this image, Holling's Bridge, No 58, is just in view.
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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Date Taken
Wednesday, 24 August, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 12 February, 2012
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Canals 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 693 314 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:52.7980N 2:27.4084W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 693 314
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