SK3872 : Chesterfield canal visitor centre

taken 14 years ago, near to Newbold, Derbyshire, Great Britain

Chesterfield canal visitor centre
Chesterfield canal visitor centre
This point is very nearly the start of the canal. The tunnel under the road allows the waterway to continue another 700 metres or so, where the canal takes water from the River Rother. Work on the Chesterfield canal started in October 1771 and the entire canal (which ran from Chesterfield to the River Trent north of Gainsborough) was officially opened in June 1777. The chief engineer was James Brindley but, unfortunately, he died shortly after construction began and his deputy, John Varley, was asked to take over. Subsequently the building of the canal was not without controversy. In October 1907 the Chesterfield to Norbury section was cut off from the rest of the network when the roof of Norwood Tunnel collapsed and was not reopened. Today, volunteers are working to restore the canal and there is even talk of connecting the Chesterfield to Norbury section to the South Yorkshire Navigation by making the River Rother navigable between Killamarsh and Rotherham.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 5 February, 2004   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 27 August, 2005
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Canal   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 387 729 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:15.1078N 1:25.2769W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 387 729
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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