SK1313 : Trent and Mersey Canal at Fradley Junction, Staffordshire

taken 7 years ago, near to Fradley South, Staffordshire, Great Britain

Trent and Mersey Canal at Fradley Junction, Staffordshire
Trent and Mersey Canal at Fradley Junction, Staffordshire
The Swan public house is in the row of buildings at the junction. The red narrowboat "Marquis" in the foreground has been rebuilt onto an 1898 hull. Originally steam powered, it was converted to diesel in 1925. It was shortened to 55 feet in the 1960s, presumably when it was converted to a leisure cruiser.

Trent and Mersey Canal
The Trent and Mersey Canal is 935 miles in length from Derwent Mouth to Preston Brook. The first cut was made by Josiah Wedgwood in July 1766 at Middleport (Stoke-on-Trent). The eastern section between Derwent Mouth and Shugborough (the junction with the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal) was already operational by 1770 and the whole canal through to Preston Brook, where it linked with the Bridgewater Canal was open for business by 1777. James Brindley was the engineer until his death in 1772. There are seventy-six locks en route to raise and lower the water level where hills impede the course. There are four tunnels, including the famous Harecastle Tunnel near Stoke-on-Trent.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 20 October, 2011   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 25 October, 2011
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 139 139 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:43.3781N 1:47.7338W
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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