Shebdon Aqueduct On The Shropshire Union Canal (Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal - Main Line) - Shebdon, UK
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N 52° 49.920 W 002° 21.623
30U E 543090 N 5853773
Quick Description: This single arch stone aqueduct carries the Shropshire Union Canal (Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal - Main Line) over Main Road and is known as Shebdon Aqueduct.
Location: West Midlands, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 8/3/2018 2:18:03 PM
Waymark Code: WMYWX1
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member fi67
Views: 1

Long Description:

The Canal
Before canals became popular in the UK there was a port on the River Dee at Chester.

After the Trent and Mersy Canal was built a loat of boat traffic diverted to the canal and Chester was worried about losing all its trade and so proposed a canal from the River Dee to connect to the Trent and Mersey Canal at Middlewich with a branch to Nantwich.

After the canal was built to Nantwich the Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal was built to connect Nantwich to Authley near Wolverhampton. Eventually these canals and a number of others merged to form the Shropshire Union Canal.

The Aqueduct
The aqueduct is a Historic England Grade II Listed Building.
"Aqueduct. c1829-32. Telford design. Similar north and south postals of stone, with semi-circular arches with voussoirs and impost bands returning through tunnel. Stonework given banded rustication inside tunnel. Both postals have right-angled wing- walls. Stone copings. Canal embankment above south postal has sloping brick paving rising to plain brick parapet wall, not part of original structure." link
Height of bridge: 13ft

What type of traffic does this bridge support?: Boats on the canal, and pedestrians and cyclists on the towpath

What kind of gap does this bridge cross?:
Main Road

Date constructed: 1830

Is the bridge still in service for its original purpose?: Yes

Name of road or trail the bridge services: The Shropshire Union Canal (Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal - Main Line)

Shebdon, Staffordshire

Length of bridge: Not listed

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