SJ5160 : Williamson's Bridge, Shropshire Union Canal

taken 1 month ago, near to Newton, Cheshire, Great Britain

Williamson's Bridge, Shropshire Union Canal
Williamson's Bridge, Shropshire Union Canal
Looking through bridge no 111 with Beeston Castle in the distance.
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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SJ5160, 14 images   (more nearby )
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Thursday, 9 November, 2017   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 14 November, 2017
Geographical Context
Canals 
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Canal 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 5135 6024 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:8.2249N 2:43.7201W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 5133 6025
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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