SK1707 : Hademore Farm Bridge near Whittington in Staffordshire

taken 12 years ago, near to Hademore, Staffordshire, Great Britain

Hademore Farm Bridge near Whittington in Staffordshire
Hademore Farm Bridge near Whittington in Staffordshire
This section of the current Coventry Canal was originally built by the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal company, so bridges are not numbered.
Coventry Canal (Fazeley to Whittington)

This section of the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal was opened by 1789 along a route planned by the Coventry Canal Company, but delayed because of lack of money. This is the reason why several miles of canal between Fazeley and Whittington have un-numbered bridges. It is often now considered as part of the Coventry Canal.

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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Monday, 14 June, 2010   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 9 October, 2021
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 1767 0793 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:40.1278N 1:44.4085W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 1764 0795
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