SJ6641 : Spinks Bridge south of Audlem in Cheshire

taken 6 years ago, near to Coxbank, Cheshire, Great Britain

Spinks Bridge south of Audlem in Cheshire
Spinks Bridge south of Audlem in Cheshire
Spinks Bridge is No 74 across the Shropshire Union Canal. It is an accommodation bridge with no public right of way into adjacent fields.
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.

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, 25 September, 2015   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 7 February, 2017
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Canals 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 6605 4112 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:57.9815N 2:30.4155W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 6610 4105
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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