SJ4066 : Chester: the canal from the city walls

taken 5 years ago, near to Chester, Cheshire, Great Britain

Chester: the canal from the city walls
Chester: the canal from the city walls
The canal here, now part of the Shropshire Union system, is the former Chester Canal from Chester to Nantwich, the oldest part of the Shropshire Union. Beyond the bridge and the moored narrow boats one can just make out the Dee Branch dropping from this level down to the River Dee, the original outlet for the canal.
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
Thursday, 16 August, 2012   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 10 September, 2012
Geographical Context
Railways  Canals 
Canal (from Tags)
Shropshire Union 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 4005 6660 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:11.5854N 2:53.9252W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 4007 6657
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