Bridge 80 Over The Shropshire Union Canal (Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal - Main Line) - Audlem, UK
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N 53° 00.194 W 002° 31.131
30U E 532287 N 5872738
Quick Description: This bridge carries a minor road over the Shropshire Union Canal (Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal - Main Line) and is known as Bennets Bridge.
Location: North West England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 6/18/2018 7:19:24 AM
Waymark Code: WMYHV1
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita
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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
The bridge is a Historic England Grade II Listed Building.
"Accommodation bridge. 1827-30. Telford design. Washed brick, with stoneband and copings. Single elliptical arch. Slightly cambered solid parapet, and piers. 2 iron rope fenders. Brick paved towpath beneath bridge." link

Since the bridge was listed a marina was built in 2010 nearby and the bridge is now also used as an access road to get to the marina.
What type of traffic does this bridge support?: Motor vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists and farm vehicles

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

Date constructed: 1827

Is the bridge still in service for its original purpose?: Yes, but now also used as a road bridge

Name of road or trail the bridge services: Unnamed minor road

Audlem, Cheshire East

Length of bridge: Not listed

Height of bridge: Not listed

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