A map of the Main Canal of the Shropshire Union Canal
The map displays a range of services available on the Main Canal of the Shropshire Union Canal. Simply click the box next to any service being displayed in the Map Key on the left of your screen.
A brief history of the Main Canal of the Shropshire Union Canal
|Canal length :||66.3 miles|
|Boat Length :||71ft|
|Height :||7ft 11ins|
|Width :||7ft 7ins|
|Draught :||4ft 1ins|
The Shropshire Union Canal was constructed in 3 stages and by 3 different companies. The first of these sections was constructed in the 1770s and was called the Chester Canal. It ran from the River Dee to Natwich.
It was a commercial failure but was rescued by the construction of the Ellesmere Canal in the mod-1790s, which ran from Chester to The Mersey.
Another branch, The Middlewich Branch, was constructed in the eraly 1830s and completed in1835, joining the Shropshire Union Canal to the Trent and Mersey Canal.
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