SJ9949 : River Churnet north-east of Consall in Staffordshire

taken 5 months ago, near to Basford Green, Staffordshire, Great Britain

River Churnet north-east of Consall in Staffordshire
River Churnet north-east of Consall in Staffordshire
Looking north-west towards Cheddleton. The Caldon Canal uses this length of the River Churnet between Consall Forge and Oakmeadowford Lock. The river is passing through deciduous woodland, Chase Wood to the left; Coalpit Wood to the right.
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 the original Hazelhurst 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.
A major rebuild at Hazelhurst Junction took place, completed by 1841. This included abandoning a staircase of three locks by Hazelhurst Wood, and creating three single new ones on a separate cut, which then passed under a new aqueduct to accommodate the Leek Branch.

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
Saturday, 14 September, 2019   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 17 October, 2019
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Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Woodland, Forest  Canals 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 9976 4974 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:2.6956N 2:0.3018W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 9979 4969
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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