Bridge 22 Over The Shropshire Union Canal (Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal - Main Line) - Little Onn, UK
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N 52° 43.947 W 002° 13.673
30U E 552136 N 5842788
Quick Description: This single arch brick bridge carries Slab Lane over the Shropshire Union Canal (Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal - Main Line) and is known as Rye Hill Bridge.
Location: West Midlands, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 8/12/2018 8:54:58 AM
Waymark Code: WMYYP7
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
At this point the canal is in a deep cutting and the bridge carries the road high over the canal. It is also a skew bridge, crossing the canal at an angle.

The buttresses of the bridge were protected by iron pillars to prevent damage from tow ropes.
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)

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

Name of road or trail the bridge services: Slab Lane

Little Onn, Staffordshire

Length of bridge: Not listed

Height of bridge: Not listed

Date constructed: Not listed

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