Bridge 17 Over The Shropshire Union Canal (Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal - Main Line) - Wheaton Aston, UK
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N 52° 42.354 W 002° 12.128
30U E 553907 N 5839852
Quick Description: This single arch brick bridge is an accommodation bridge that carries a minor road for a nearby farm over the Shropshire Union Canal (Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal - Main Line) and is known as Lapley Wood Bridge.
Location: West Midlands, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 8/12/2018 10:25:54 AM
Waymark Code: WMYYPY
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.
"Road bridge over canal, circa 1832. Limewashed brickwork with stone copings and string courses. Single elliptical arch on slightly concave sided plan, cambered carriageway and parapets. Half round copings with piers at ends and cast iron hawser spurs at springings on towpath side. The Shropshire Union Canal was engineered by Thomas Telford and completed in 1835." link
What type of traffic does this bridge support?: Farm Vehicles

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

Date constructed: 1832

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

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

Wheaton Aston, UK

Length of bridge: Not listed

Height of bridge: Not listed

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