SK4519 : Filled-in remains of the Charnwood Forest Canal

taken 7 years ago, near to Belton, Leicestershire, Great Britain

Filled-in remains of the Charnwood Forest Canal
Filled-in remains of the Charnwood Forest Canal
This broad, lumpy field margin is a filled-in remnant of a loop of the canal.
Charnwood Forest Canal

The canal was a failure, completed in 1794 but derelict by the early 1800s. When it opened, the expected volume of traffic in coal and limestone did not appear and it was only ever lightly used. When the dam of Blackbrook reservoir collapsed in 1799, the end was in sight. The dam was repaired and the canal was returned to navigation in 1800 but what little traffic there had been did not return. By 1804, it was clear that the canal was a dead loss and the dam was dismantled to remove any threat of another flood. The canal was not formally abandoned until 1846 but only because the canal company didn't want to pay for the act of parliament.

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Date Taken
Wednesday, 15 April, 2015   (more nearby)
Friday, 17 April, 2015
Geographical Context
Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening  Canals 
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Name (from Tags)
Charnwood Forest Canal 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 4510 1944 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:46.2407N 1:19.9779W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 4507 1947
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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