SJ8156 : Paired Locks No 48 near Church Lawton, Cheshire

taken 7 years ago, near to Church Lawton, Cheshire, Great Britain

Paired Locks No 48 near Church Lawton, Cheshire
Paired Locks No 48 near Church Lawton, Cheshire
Trent and Mersey Canal.

The locks were originally single, built by James Brindley in the mid 1770s. In order to speed traffic along in the 1830s Thomas Telford supervised pairing (adding the chamber on the left) of most of the Cheshire Locks (Heartbreak Hill!) between Hardings Wood and Wheelock. Today, some are in need of repair, and some have been filled in. Here they are both in use.

Bridge No 136 is a grassed over farmer's accommodation bridge carrying no public routes.
Accommodation Bridges
When the canals (or railways) were built in the 18th and 19th centuries, they were often routed in such a way that farmers and other landowners had their land bisected, so bridges had to be provided to allow access to fields on both sides of the canal. These bridges are frequently referred to as accommodation bridges, and however solid and well constructed, often don't lead anywhere except from one field to another.
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, 1 September, 2011   (more nearby)
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Thursday, 3 May, 2012
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Canals 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 818 560 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:6.0726N 2:16.3258W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 819 560
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