Trent & Mersey Canal Milepost - Stoke-on-Trent, UK
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N 53° 00.733 W 002° 11.325
30U E 554427 N 5873937
Quick Description: This is one of the milestones on the Trent & Mersey Canal used to assist in calculating toll charges on the canal.
Location: West Midlands, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 2/24/2019 12:29:26 PM
Waymark Code: WM104FX
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Ernmark
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Long Description:

The Trent and Mersey Canal
The Trent and Mersey Canal was the UK's first long distance canal and as the name suggests was built to give a connection to the Rivers Trent and Mersey. (Access to the Mersey was actually via the Bridgewater Canal with some locks at Runcorn that no longer exist).

It opened in 1777 and is 93.5 miles (150.5 km) long and stretches from its connection with the Bridgewater Canal at Preston Brook to its connection with the River Trent at Derwent Mouth.

The mileposts all have a standard design and give the distance to Preston Brook and Shardlow which is just short of Derwent Mouth.

The milepost is a Historic England Grade II Listed Building.
"Canal milepost. Circa 1819. Cast iron painted black and white. Circular post with moulded head and embossed letters on 2 convex tablets below: "Shardlow 56 miles" "Preston Brook 36 miles:", Probably cast in the foundry of Rangeley and Dixon in Lichfield street, Stone*. Thc Trent. And Mersey Canal built between 1766 and 1777 by James Brindley and Hugh Henshall. Charles Hadfield. The Canals of the West Midlands (1966) *Jean Lindsay. The Trent and Mersey Canal (1979)" link

This milestone stands against a wall next to lock 37.
Condition: Immaculate

Date placed: 1/1/1819

Material: Stone

Inscription:
    PRESTON
SHARDLOW   BROOK
56   36
MILES   MILES


R&D STONE 1819


Name of road: Trent & Mersey Canal

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