Stretton Aqueduct On The Shropshire Union Canal (Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal - Main Line) - Streeton, UK
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N 52° 41.651 W 002° 11.372
30U E 554774 N 5838560
Quick Description: This single arch brick aqueduct carries the Shropshire Union Canal (Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal - Main Line) over Watling Street (the A5) and is known as Stretton Aqueduct.
Location: West Midlands, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 8/12/2018 10:55:56 AM
Waymark Code: WMYYQ7
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member fi67
Views: 2

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 dated 1832. Thomas Telford Engineer. Cast iron box girder span, blue brick abutments with stone dressings. Single segmental arch below girders, taken to concave abutments with roll moulded stone string at springing level and bounded by engaged stone columns, taken up above corbelled stone towpath coping and ornamental cast iron parapet railings to slightly domed cappings. Cast inscription in centre panel of beam reads 'Birmingham and Liverpool Canal Thos. Telford F.R.S.I, and E. Engineer 1832'. C20 blue brick plinth added to allow lowering of carriageway. " link
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?:
Watling Street (the A5)

Date constructed: 1832

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)

Stretton, Staffordshire

Length of bridge: Not listed

Height of bridge: Not listed

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