SJ8746 : Approach lock 39

taken 6 years ago, near to Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, Great Britain

Approach lock 39
Approach lock 39
This is the fourth lock in the flight of five which raise the water by fifty feet (15.25 metres) to the summit level of the Trent and Mersey Canal.
The Caldon Canal
The Caldon Branch of the Trent and Mersey Canal was created, and opened in 1779, specifically as a transport facility for the limestone quarries at Cauldon, near Froghall. In 1797 a secondary branch was built from Hazlehurst Locks to Leek. By 1811 a further extension from Froghall led to Uttoxeter, a further 13 miles, but only lasted until 1845. By 1849 a railway had been built, some of the track using the former canal bed.

Due mainly to railways taking most of the trade, the canal became little used and almost unnavigable by the early 1960s.

The canal was reopened in 1974 following enormous amounts of work instigated by the Caldon Canal Society, its volunteers, and the British Waterways Board. The current seventeen miles from Etruria to Froghall are a particularly attractive canal for cruising, despite the seventeen locks ... well that isn't too many, is it? ;-)
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 26 September, 2012   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 13 March, 2018
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Industry  Canals 
Canal (from Tags)
Trent and Mersey 
Primary Subject of Photo
Canal 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 871 468 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:1.1329N 2:11.5623W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 871 469
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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