Old Hill Bridge Over The Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal - Tixall, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
N 52° 47.717 W 002° 02.033
30U E 565141 N 5849934
Quick Description: This single arch brick bridge carries over the Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal was built as an accommodation bridge for a nearby farm and is bridge number 107.
Location: West Midlands, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 4/20/2019 2:12:45 PM
Waymark Code: WM10DWN
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member fi67
Views: 3

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

The bridge carries Oldhill Lane over the canal and is single track at the point the road meets the bridge.

It is immediately in front of Tixall Lock on the canal and the brickwork has been maintained in good condition with the bricks that form the arch painted white.

Bridges are often built near locks as the canal is at its narrowest at that point.

The farm and its fields that the bridge was built for are on the eastern side of the canal.
What type of traffic does this bridge support?: Farm Vehicles

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

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

Name of road or trail the bridge services: Oldhill Lane

Tixall, Staffordshire

Length of bridge: Not listed

Height of bridge: Not listed

Date constructed: Not listed

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