SJ8612 : Lapley Wood Bridge near Wheaton Aston in Staffordshire

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

Lapley Wood Bridge near Wheaton Aston in Staffordshire
Lapley Wood Bridge near Wheaton Aston in Staffordshire
Lapley Wood Bridge is No 17 across the Shropshire Union Canal south-east of Wheaton Aston. It is an accommodation bridge allowing Lapley Wood Farm access to fields west of the canal. It also carries a bridleway.

What a pity someone in the 1980s/1990s took the decision to smother bridges with a white masonry paint, which probably looked smart for about two years, but appears just plain grubby for the next two or three decades
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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Wednesday, 9 January, 2019
Geographical Context
Canals 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8642 1204 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:42.3513N 2:12.1453W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8646 1202
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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