The Shropshire Union Canal :: Shared Description

The Shropshire Union Canal (from Autherley to Nantwich) was engineered by Thomas Telford and opened in 1835. There are long straight sections of this canal which required either embankments or cuttings to avoid the need for locks. Although this was a more difficult procedure, the end route was shorter and the progress for horse drawn working boats could be maintained with (hopefully) no stoppages. The canal (formerly the Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal) was opened at a time when railways were making serious inroads into the canal companies' businesses.

The current Shroppie north of Nantwich was formerly the Chester Canal, opened in 1779, and has wider locks and bridges. Boats up to nine feet in beam can still navigate this section; Telford's canal accommodates only narrowboats up to seven feet in beam.
by Roger Kidd
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SJ6448 : Burrows Bridge near Hack Green, Cheshire by Roger  Kidd
SJ6452 : Shropshire Union Canal near Nantwich, Cheshire by Roger  Kidd
SJ8808 : School Bridge No 13 by Mat Fascione
SJ5659 : Tilstone Bank Farmhouse by Mat Fascione
SJ6735 : Dismantled railway bridge along the canal by Mat Fascione
SJ6640 : Milepost above Audlem locks by Christopher Hilton
SJ6542 : Audlem Locks in Cheshire by Roger  Kidd
SJ6639 : Adderley Bottom Lock by Stephen McKay
SJ4166 : The Shropshire Union Canal, Chester by habiloid
SJ6447 : Shropshire Union Canal near Hack Green in Cheshire by Roger  Kidd
SJ6448 : Narrowboat at Hack Green Top Lock No 28 by Mat Fascione
SJ6452 : Shropshire Union Canal crossing Chester Road near Nantwich by Jonathan Hutchins
SJ4166 : Shropshire Union Canal by JThomas
SJ7128 : Moored narrowboats along the Shropshire Union Canal by Mat Fascione
SJ4166 : Canal from the ramp to Waitrose by DS Pugh
SJ7327 : Park Heath Bridge No 48 by Mat Fascione
SJ4465 : Rowton Bridge No 120 at Christleton by Mat Fascione
SJ6737 : Shropshire Union Canal north of Market Drayton by Roger  Kidd
SJ8317 : Shropshire Union Canal west of Church Eaton, Staffordshire by Roger  Kidd
SJ6157 : Shropshire Union Canal (Middlewich Branch) at Barbridge, Cheshire by Roger  Kidd
SJ6353 : Acton Bridge north-west of Nantwich in Cheshire by Roger  Kidd
SJ6448 : Shropshire Union Canal near Hack Green, Cheshire by Roger  Kidd
SJ8415 : Shropshire Union Canal north of Wheaton Aston, Staffordshire by Roger  Kidd
SJ3967 : Shropshire Union Canal by DS Pugh
SJ5559 : Narrowboat approaching Beeston Iron Lock by Mat Fascione

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Created: Wed, 8 Feb 2012, Updated: Thu, 23 Feb 2012

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