SJ8710 : Boatyard near Stretton in Staffordshire

taken 7 months ago, near to Horsebrook, Staffordshire, Great Britain

Boatyard near Stretton in Staffordshire
Boatyard near Stretton in Staffordshire
This is the Industry Narrowboats boatyard at Stretton Wharf, north of the aqueduct. Keith (the boss) passed away in 2016. The current manager of the business is Dawn Tigwell, and the yard appears to be thriving.
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
Sunday, 3 June, 2018   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 8 January, 2019
Geographical Context
Business, Retail, Services  Canals 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8720 1088 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:41.7268N 2:11.4499W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8723 1086
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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