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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SK1509 : Plough Bridge at Huddlesford in Staffordshire by Roger  Kidd
SK1411 : Streethay Bridge north-east of Lichfield in Staffordshire by Roger  Kidd
SK1512 : Coventry Canal near Fradley South in Staffordshire by Roger  Kidd
SK1413 : Coventry Canal near Fradley Junction in Staffordshire by Roger  Kidd
SK2801 : Canal boatyard south-east of Polesworth, Warwickshire by Roger  Kidd
SP2999 : Whittington Bridge north-west of Atherstone in Warwickshire by Roger  Kidd
SK1608 : Noddington Bridge near Whittington in Staffordshire by Roger  Kidd
SK1512 : Bell Bridge near Fradley South in Staffordshire by Roger  Kidd
SK1511 : Bearshay Bridge near South Fradley in Staffordshire by Roger  Kidd
SK2701 : Coventry Canal east of Polesworth in Warwickshire by Roger  Kidd
SK1509 : Canal and pasture near Whittington in Staffordshire by Roger  Kidd
SK1509 : Coventry Canal near Huddlesford Junction in Staffordshire by Roger  Kidd
SK1410 : King's Orchard Bridge near Streethay in Staffordshire by Roger  Kidd
SK1608 : Coventry Canal near Whittington in Staffordshire by Roger  Kidd
SK1413 : Narrowboat by Fradley Junction in Staffordshire by Roger  Kidd
SK1509 : Coventry Canal north-west of Whittington in Staffordshire by Roger  Kidd
SK2701 : Meadow Lane Bridge east of Polesworth in Warwickshire by Roger  Kidd
SP3097 : Atherstone Locks No 3 in Warwickshire by Roger  Kidd
SK1608 : Coventry Canal near Whittington in Staffordshire by Roger  Kidd
SK1509 : Coventry Canal near Huddlesford in Staffordshire by Roger  Kidd
SK1509 : Canal footbridge at Huddlesford Junction, Staffordshire by Roger  Kidd
SK1509 : Plough Bridge No 83 at Huddlesford, Staffordshire by Roger  Kidd
SK1509 : Coventry Canal at Huddlesford Junction in Staffordshire by Roger  Kidd
SK1509 : Coventry Canal at Huddlesford in Staffordshire by Roger  Kidd
SK1707 : Hademore Farm Bridge near Whittington in Staffordshire by Roger  Kidd

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