Bridge 71 Over The Shropshire Union Canal (Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal - Main Line) - Addeley, UK
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N 52° 57.195 W 002° 29.609
30U E 534029 N 5867190
Quick Description: This single arch bridge over the Shropshire Union Canal (Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal - Main Line) is an accommodation bridge for a nearby farm and is known as Massey's Bridge.
Location: West Midlands, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 6/19/2018 7:17:43 AM
Waymark Code: WMYJ5M
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
The bridge is a Historic England Grade II Listed Building.
"Canal Bridge. Circa 1830. Thomas Telford and Alexander Easton, engineers. Limewashed red brick with some blue brick dressings. Elliptical arch: Humped-back shape with chamfered stone string and parapet with square end piers and rounded stone coping. Slightly battered and curved abutments. Cast-iron corner posts on towpath side with grooves caused by rope haulage. Oval cast-iron number plate to south. This stretch of the canal was built as part of the Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal (act passed 1826, opened 1835) which was absorbed by the Ellesmere and Chester Canal in 1845 and eventually became part of the Shropshire Union in 1846. The bridge spans the canal below the second lock in the Adderley flight. Charles Hadfield, The Canals of the West Midlands, pp. 183-9." link
What type of traffic does this bridge support?: Farm Vehicles and animals

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

Date constructed: 1830

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

Name of road or trail the bridge services: Unnamed farm track

Adderley, Shropshire

Length of bridge: Not listed

Height of bridge: Not listed

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