SJ4172 : Carved horseshoe on Croughton Bridge #135

taken 5 years ago, near to Wervin, Cheshire, Great Britain

Carved horseshoe on Croughton Bridge #135
Carved horseshoe on Croughton Bridge #135
This horseshoe is carved into the southern parapet of Croughton Bridge #135 - possibly created by a bargeman/horse marine taking a break from his daily routine? See also SJ4172 : Shropshire Union Canal from Croughton Bridge
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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Date Taken
Friday, 11 April, 2014   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 16 January, 2015
Geographical Context
Canals 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 4198 7246 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:14.7584N 2:52.2563W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 4198 7246
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South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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