SK1509 : Coventry Canal north-west of Whittington in Staffordshire

taken 3 years ago, near to Whittington, Staffordshire, Great Britain

Coventry Canal north-west of Whittington in Staffordshire
Coventry Canal north-west of Whittington in Staffordshire
This is the Coventry Canal, looking north-west towards Fradley through the arch of Cheadle's Bridge, No 81.
Building the Coventry Canal 1768-1789

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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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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Monday, 20 May, 2019   (more nearby)
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Thursday, 29 August, 2019
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 1566 0924 [10m precision]
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