Building the Coventry Canal 1768-1789 :: Shared Description

James Brindley was commissioned to build the canal and started work in December 1768. He insisted on such high standards of construction that the Coventry Canal Company ran out of money by the time the canal had reached Atherstone in 1769. Brindley was replaced by Thomas Yeoman.

Thomas Dadford advised the company in building the Tame Aqueduct in 1784, then in June 1785 Thomas Sheasby was contracted to connect the Coventry Canal to the Trent and Mersey Canal. The canal reached the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal at Fazeley, but the final Parliament-approved stretch to the Trent and Mersey at Fradley was not finished until 1789.

Meanwhile, the Trent and Mersey Company, and the Birmingham and Fazeley Company, anxious to link Birmingham with the Trent and Mersey, gained permission to complete and operate the approved (but as yet unbuilt) section from Fazeley to Fradley. The B and F worked north from Fazeley, and the T and M worked south from Fradley. The full length from Coventry to Fradley was opened in 1789.

The Coventry Canal Company later bought the northern section. The middle section remained with Birmingham and Fazeley Canal. Consequently, some maps show this middle section from Fazeley to Whittington Brook) as the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal (with un-numbered bridges), but others describe the complete route as the Coventry Canal.

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by Roger Kidd
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SK1509 : Plough Bridge at Huddlesford in Staffordshire by Roger  Kidd
SK1509 : Coventry Canal north-west of Whittington in Staffordshire by Roger  Kidd
SP3685 : Coventry Canal north of Hawkesbury in Warwickshire by Roger  Kidd
SK1511 : Canal at Bearshay Bridge near Fradley in Staffordshire by Roger  Kidd
SK1509 : Coventry Canal moorings near Huddlesford in Staffordshire by Roger  Kidd
SP3685 : Coventry Canal north of Hawkesbury in Warwickshire by Roger  Kidd
SK1511 : Brookhay Bridge south-east of Fradley Junction in Staffordshire by Roger  Kidd
SK1509 : Coventry Canal at Huddlesford in Staffordshire by Roger  Kidd
SK1509 : Plough Bridge No 83 at Huddlesford, Staffordshire by Roger  Kidd
SK1509 : Canal footbridge at Huddlesford Junction, Staffordshire by Roger  Kidd
SK1511 : Coventry Canal south of Fradley in Staffordshire by Roger  Kidd
SK1511 : Canal and farmland south of Fradley in Staffordshire by Roger  Kidd
SK1509 : Coventry Canal near Huddlesford in Staffordshire by Roger  Kidd
SK1509 : Coventry Canal south-east of Huddlesford in Staffordshire by Roger  Kidd
SK1509 : Coventry Canal north-west of Whittington in Staffordshire by Roger  Kidd
SK1410 : King's Orchard Bridge near Streethay in Staffordshire by Roger  Kidd
SK1509 : Cheadle's Bridge north-west of Whittington in Staffordshire by Roger  Kidd
SP3684 : Canalside apartments at Hawkesbury Junction in Warwickshire by Roger  Kidd
SK1513 : Coventry Canal near Fradley in Staffordshire by Roger  Kidd
SK1410 : Canal east of Streethay in Staffordshire by Roger  Kidd
SK1509 : Canal at Bowman's Bridge near Huddlesford, Staffordshire by Roger  Kidd
SP3684 : Coventry Canal at Sutton Stop in Warwickshire by Roger  Kidd
SK1511 : Coventry Canal south of Fradley in Staffordshire by Roger  Kidd
SK1509 : Cheadle's Bridge north-west of Whittington in Staffordshire by Roger  Kidd


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Created: Fri, 30 Mar 2018, Updated: Fri, 30 Mar 2018

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