SP3098 : Coventry Canal in Atherstone, Warwickshire

taken 6 years ago, near to Atherstone, Warwickshire, Great Britain

Coventry Canal in Atherstone, Warwickshire
Coventry Canal in Atherstone, Warwickshire
Beyond Watling Street Bridge (No 43) a narrowboat is about to leave Lock No 5 in the Atherstone flight of eleven.
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.
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Date Taken
Monday, 19 August, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 19 March, 2018
Geographical Context
Sport, Leisure  Canals 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 3029 9809 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:34.7871N 1:33.2656W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 3028 9813
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South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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