Stockton Brook Canal Bridge - 2000 - Stockton Brook, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
N 53° 03.900 W 002° 07.567
30U E 558558 N 5879858
Quick Description: This bridge carries Leek Road over the Caldon canal and was rebuilt in the year 2000.
Location: East Midlands, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 11/3/2019 3:35:15 PM
Waymark Code: WM11JZA
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member wayfrog
Views: 1

Long Description:

The Caldon Canal
The Caldon Canal opened in 1779 to carry Peak District limestone, from the quarries at Cauldon Low, down to the Potteries and the industrial Midlands. A short branch was built 18 years later connceting the Caldon with the town of Leek. Another branch extended the navigation to Uttoxeter but this lasted only until 1845 when it was closed and replaced with a railway line.

Freight traffic deserted the Caldon shortly after the construction of a parallel railway line and the canal became virtually unnavigable by the 1960s. Enthusiasts were justifiably vocal in clamouring for its restoration and it was brought back into use in 1974.

The Uttoxeter Branch still lies derelict but work has recently started on rebuilding the very first lock. Similarly, the final mile of the Leek Branch is no longer navigable, but plans are now being hatched to restore navigation across a surviving aqueduct further towards the town." link

The bridge has two different date stones on the parapet. Both types of stone display the a Staffordshire Knot, a symbol used to represent the county of Staffordshire.

The side visible from the canal towpath has a simple carved stone.
STAFFORDSHIRE
COUNTY COUNCIL

2000
In the centre of the stone is the Staffordshire Knot.

The parapet on the road side has a more detailed bronze plaque.
STAFFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL
STOCKTON BROOK CANAL BRIDGE

OPENED BY
COUNTY COUNCILLOR BILL HUGHES
LEADER OF DEVELOPMENT SERVICES
ON TUESDAY 17 OCTOBER 2000
WREKIN CONSTRUCTION CO. LTD.     ADRIAN MURRAY BA(HONS) DIPTP, MAST
CONTRACTOR DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT SERVICES
Date built or dedicated as indicated on the date stone or plaque.: 17 October 2000

Date stone, plaque location.: On the bridge parapet

Road, body of water, land feature, etc. that the bridge spans.: The Caldon Canal

Parking (safe parking location): N 53° 03.945 W 002° 07.493

Website (if available): Not listed

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