SJ9553 : Hazelhurst Lock Bridge west of Denford, Staffordshire

taken 9 years ago, near to Horse Bridge, Staffordshire, England

Hazelhurst Lock Bridge west of Denford, Staffordshire
Hazelhurst Lock Bridge west of Denford, Staffordshire
Hazelhurst Lock Bridge (No 37) across the Caldon Canal is below Hazelhurst Bottom Lock.
Lock No 12 here provides a rise of 8ft 8in (264 metres). The flight of three "new" locks (Hollinhurst Locks) provides a rise of 25ft 10in (about 79 metres). By 1841 these locks had replaced the staircase which was originally by Hazelhurst Wood about four hundred metres to the south-east.
The accommodation bridge carries a farm track. I don't think public right of way exists along it.

Update: This bridge has collapsed and been demolished following maintenance work on the lock early in 2020. Link Link
The Caldon Canal

The Caldon Branch of the Trent and Mersey Canal was completed in December 1778, 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. This was also the fate of part of the original canal near Endon.
A major rebuild and rerouting process near Endon resulted in the raising of the level, and three locks being replaced by the three chamber staircase at Hazelhurst Wood near Denford by 1800. A further major rebuild near Hazelhurst was completed by 1841. This included abandoning the troublesome staircase, and creating three single new locks on another new cut, which led to a reusing of part of the original 1778 route, which then passed under a new aqueduct to accommodate the Leek Branch. Thus Hazelhurst Junction was relocated. That is an awful lot of expensive rethinking within the short time frame of just 63 years!

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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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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This photo is linked from: Automatic Clusters: · Lock Staircase [23] · Aqueduct Carries [22] · West [22] · South-east [16] · Bridge 37 [5] ·
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SJ9553, 241 images   (more nearby 🔍)
Roger D Kidd   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Sunday, 2 August, 2015   (more nearby)
Monday, 24 May, 2021
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 9507 5371 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:4.8354N 2:4.5029W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 9511 5372
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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