Bridge 78 Over The Shropshire Union Canal (Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal - Main Line) - Audlem, UK
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N 52° 59.265 W 002° 30.606
30U E 532886 N 5871020
Quick Description: This bridge carries Whitchurch Road over the Shropshire Union Canal (Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal - Main Line) and is known as Audlem Bridge.
Location: North West England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 6/18/2018 8:39:49 AM
Waymark Code: WMYHVJ
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 made of bricks in English Bond style and has a carved date of 1905 on the keystone of the arch. The side arch of the bridge is protected by cast iron angle rubbing posts which have grooves cut by towing ropes. The canal side has concrete edge kerbs and red tow-path paving.
What type of traffic does this bridge support?: Motor vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists

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

Date constructed: 1905

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

Name of road or trail the bridge services: Whitchurch Road (A525)

Audlem, Cheshire East

Length of bridge: Not listed

Height of bridge: Not listed

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