SJ9453 : Plant's Bridge west of Hazelhurst Junction, Staffordshire

taken 5 months ago, near to Horse Bridge, Staffordshire, Great Britain

Plant's Bridge west of Hazelhurst Junction, Staffordshire
Plant's Bridge west of Hazelhurst Junction, Staffordshire
Plant's Bridge is No 34 across the Caldon Canal. It is an accommodation bridge which also carries a public footpath which passes through adjacent fields.
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? ;-)
Accommodation Bridges
When the canals (or railways) were built in the 18th and 19th centuries, they were often routed in such a way that farmers and other landowners had their land bisected, so bridges had to be provided to allow access to fields on both sides of the canal. These bridges are frequently referred to as accommodation bridges, and however solid and well constructed, often don't lead anywhere except from one field to another.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 12 September, 2019   (more nearby)
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Thursday, 6 February, 2020
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Canals 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 9441 5378 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:4.8727N 2:5.0941W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 9437 5378
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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