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Mill Green Bridge Over The Chesterfield Canal - Staveley, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
N 53° 16.050 W 001° 21.400
30U E 609597 N 5903288
Quick Description: This stone single arch bridge carries an unnamed track over the Chesterfield canal and is bridge number 10.
Location: East Midlands, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 5/4/2019 7:48:56 AM
Waymark Code: WM10GDX
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member razalas
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Long Description:

"The canal was built to link Chesterfield, Worksop and Retford to the Trent and so gain access to more trade. Local Anston Stone was transported by the canal to the river Trent for the building of the new Houses of Parliament. During the 19th century the canal was a commercial success due to local coal. However, mining caused subsidence in the Norwood Tunnel, severing the top end of the canal.

The Chesterfield Canal runs from the river Trent at West Stockwith to Chesterfield. The Canal is 45.5 miles (73.3 km) long and has 65 locks, but only the section from West Stockwith the eastern end of Norwood Tunnel is currently navigable. This navigable section is 31.6 miles (50.9 km) long and has 46 locks.

At the isolated western end of the canal, five miles and five locks have been restored. The new Staveley Town Basin opened in 2012. There are slipways at Tapton Lock in Chesterfield and Staveley Town Basin. There is also a craning pad at the basin. This leaves nine miles to be restored. There are detailed plans for the entire stretch, prepared by the Chesterfield Canal Partnership." link

At one time there was a mill near this bridge and hence its name.

As patt of the restoration works the canal was re-opened from Chesterfield to here in 2002 and the bridge marked the end of the navigable route.

In 2011 a new lock and canal basin with mooring wharves was built a short way to the north of here extending the end of the navigable section to there.

The bridge shows signs of repairs to the stone work at some point and the underside of the arch is supported with cast iron arched beams, reducing the height of the bridge somewhat.
Physical Location (city, county, etc.): Staveley, Derbyshire

Road, Highway, Street, etc.: Unnamed track

Water or other terrain spanned: The Chesterfield Canal

Architect/Builder: James Brindley / Hugh Henshall

Construction Date: 1777

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