SJ8612 : Shropshire Union Canal south-east of Wheaton Aston

taken 7 months ago, near to Wheaton Aston, Staffordshire, Great Britain

Shropshire Union Canal south-east of Wheaton Aston
Shropshire Union Canal south-east of Wheaton Aston
The Shropshire Union Canal passes through a cutting here, lined by dense mature deciduous woodland. On both sides there are spoil banks where material dug out when cutting the channel was deposited. Ahead is Lapley Wood Bridge, No 17.
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)
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Tuesday, 8 January, 2019
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Canals 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8642 1205 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:42.3567N 2:12.1453W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8648 1200
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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