Bridge 89 Over The Shropshire Union Canal (Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal - Main Line) - Nantwich, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
N 53° 03.153 W 002° 32.448
30U E 530779 N 5878214
Quick Description: This bridge was built as an accommodation bridge for a nearby farm.
Location: North West England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 4/14/2018 3:30:39 PM
Waymark Code: WMY3PT
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member fi67
Views: 1

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 Bridge
This bridge marks the northern end of the The Shropshire Union Canal (Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal - Main Line).

The bridge is a Historic England Grade II Listed Building.
"Accommodation bridge, circa 1826 (consultant T.Telford). Blue bricks, in English Bond, and stonework. One-brick deep elliptical arch and projecting stone band at track level. Cast iron rubbing posts to angles, blue paving and concrete edge kerbs to tow path. Splayed approach walls, rounded parapet coping and 4-way rounded caps to end piers." link

This bridge is very close to a railway bridge that was built in 1858 to connect Crewe to Shrewsbury. These days the canal bridge carries a public footpath across the canal, the path then crosses the railway line.
What type of traffic does this bridge support?: Pedestrians

What kind of gap does this bridge cross?:
The Shropshire Union Canal (Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal - Main Line)

Date constructed: 1826

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

Name of road or trail the bridge services: Unnamed footpath

Nantwich, Cheshire East

Length of bridge: Not listed

Height of bridge: Not listed

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