SK1410 : Canal east of Streethay in Staffordshire

taken 5 years ago, near to Streethay, Staffordshire, Great Britain

Canal east of Streethay in Staffordshire
Canal east of Streethay in Staffordshire
This is the Coventry Canal at Kings Orchard Bridge (No 85), looking south towards Whittington and Tamworth.
This is an accommodation bridge with no public right of way into adjacent fields.
Coventry Canal
The Coventry Canal enabling Act was passed in 1768 to connect Coventry with the Trent and Mersey Canal. Coventry to Bedworth was completed in 1769 for the revenue earning coal traffic but by 1771 when the canal reached Atherstone all authorised capital had been spent and James Brindley the first engineer was sacked. The canal didn't reach Fazeley, 12 miles short of its intended terminus, until 1790. The Birmingham and Fazeley Canal continued along the proposed line of the Coventry Canal to Whittington brook. The Trent and Mersey Canal (Grand Trunk Canal Co.) completed the section to Fradley and later sold it to the Coventry Canal which explains the disjointed section. It was one of the most profitable canals ever built in Britain paying dividends up to 1947. Coventry basin to Fradley junction is 38 miles with 13 locks.
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.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 17 August, 2013   (more nearby)
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Wednesday, 7 March, 2018
Geographical Context
Canals 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 1481 1061 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:41.5784N 1:46.9388W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 1480 1065
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South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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