SJ6157 : The Shropshire Union Canal at Wardle

taken 4 years ago, near to Wardle, Cheshire, Great Britain

The Shropshire Union Canal at Wardle
The Shropshire Union Canal at Wardle
Looking northwest from Bridge 101.
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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SJ6157, 37 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Saturday, 21 September, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 1 October, 2013
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Sport, Leisure  Woodland, Forest  Canals 
County (from Tags)
Cheshire 
Place (from Tags)
Wardle 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 6109 5716 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:6.6119N 2:34.9627W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 6114 5711
View Direction
Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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