Baswich Canal Bridge Over The Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal - Baswich, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
N 52° 47.900 W 002° 05.267
30U E 561503 N 5850227
Quick Description: This single arch brick bridge was built as an accommodation bridge for a nearby farm and is bridge number 100.
Location: West Midlands, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 4/11/2019 1:29:43 PM
Waymark Code: WM10C3P
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member fi67
Views: 1

Long Description:

"The Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal is a navigable narrow canal in Staffordshire and Worcestershire in the English Midlands. It is 46 miles (74 km) long, linking the River Severn at Stourport in Worcestershire with the Trent and Mersey Canal at Haywood Junction by Great Haywood.

James Brindley was the chief engineer of the canal, which was part of his "Grand Cross" plan for waterways connecting Hull, Liverpool and Bristol.

The Act of Parliament authorising the canal was passed on 14 May 1766. This created "The Company of Proprietors of the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal Navigation", which was empowered to raise an initial £70,000 (equivalent to £9,561,529 in 2018), with a further £30,000 (equivalent to £4,097,798 in 2018), if needed, to fund the canal's construction.

The canal was completed in 1771 for a cost that exceeded the authorised capital, and opened to trade in 1772. It was a commercial success, with trade from the Staffordshire Potteries southwards to Gloucester and Bristol, and trade from the Black Country northwards to the Potteries via the junction with the Birmingham Canal at Aldersley. link

These days the bridge is a pedestrian bridge that gives access to the canal from a housing estate.

The bridge is a Historic England Grade II Listed BUilding.
"Bridge over the Staffordshire and Worcester Canal. Brick with ashlar dressings. Elliptical arch with ashlar imposts and hood band; abutments swept forward; plain stone-coped parapet. Cast-iron plaques with name and number. A good unaltered example." link
What type of traffic does this bridge support?: Pedestrians and cyclists

What kind of gap does this bridge cross?:
Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal

Date constructed: 1772

Is the bridge still in service for its original purpose?: No.

Name of road or trail the bridge services: Unnamed track

Baswich, Staffordshire

Length of bridge: Not listed

Height of bridge: Not listed

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