Shropshire Union Canal (Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal - Newport Branch - Main Line)
The Shropshire Union Canal (Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal - Newport Branch - Main Line) is a narrow canal and is part of the Shropshire Union Canal (Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal - Newport Branch). It runs for 10 miles and 3¼ furlongs through 23 locks from Wappenshall Junction (where it joins the Shropshire Union Canal (Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal - Shrewsbury Canal)) to Norbury Junction (where it joins the Shropshire Union Canal (Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal - Main Line)).
The maximum dimensions for a boat to be able to travel on the waterway are 72 feet long and 7 feet wide. The maximum headroom is not known. The maximum draught is not known.
It has a junction with the Shropshire Union Canal (Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal - Newport Branch - Humber Branch) at Humber Branch Junction.
This waterway is excluded by default from route planning with the following explanation: "closed"The navigational authority for this waterway is Canal & River Trust
Relevant publications — Waterway Travels:
- Cruising the Llangollen Canal (with one eye on its history)
- Cruising the Shropshire Union Canal (with one eye on its history)
Relevant publications — Waterway Maps:
- Waterway Routes 01M - England and Wales Map
- Waterway Routes 31M3 - Shrewsbury and Newport Canals Map (Free Download)
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Junction with the Shrewsbury Canal Main Line
|Wappenshall Junction Bridge No 29||a few yards||0 locks|
|Bridge No 28 (Newport Branch)||1½ furlongs||0 locks|
|Kinley Winding Hole||2 furlongs||0 locks|
|Kinley Bridge No 27||3¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|Crow Brook Aqueduct||5¾ furlongs||0 locks|
|Oxmoor Bridge No 26||6¾ furlongs||0 locks|
|Bridge No 25 (Newport Branch)||1 mile and 2½ furlongs||0 locks|
|Humber Branch Junction
Junction with the 3/4 mile Humber Branch which ran to Lubstree wharf.
|1 mile and 7½ furlongs||0 locks|
|Kynnersley Drive Bridge||1 mile and 7¾ furlongs||0 locks|
|Buttery Bridge No 24||2 miles and 2 furlongs||0 locks|
|Brook Aqueduct||2 miles and 4 furlongs||0 locks|
|Cottage Bridge No 23||2 miles and 7 furlongs||0 locks|
|Bridge No 22 (Newport Branch)||3 miles and ¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|Adeney Bridge No 21||3 miles and 3 furlongs||0 locks|
|Strinewater Bridge No 20||3 miles and 6½ furlongs||0 locks|
|Brannybank Bridge No 19||4 miles and ½ furlongs||0 locks|
|Edgmond Bridge No 18||4 miles and 3½ furlongs||0 locks|
|Edgmond Lock||4 miles and 3¾ furlongs||0 locks|
|Edgmond Wharf||4 miles and 4 furlongs||1 lock|
|Longford Bridge No 17||4 miles and 7¼ furlongs||1 lock|
|Polly's Lock||5 miles and 4 furlongs||1 lock|
|Ticket House Lock||5 miles and 6½ furlongs||2 locks|
|Chetwynd End Bridge||6 miles and 1 furlong||3 locks|
|Newport Canal Basin||6 miles and 2 furlongs||3 locks|
|Fisher's Lock||6 miles and 3½ furlongs||3 locks|
|Summer House Bridge No 13||6 miles and 5¼ furlongs||4 locks|
|Meretown Lock||6 miles and 7¼ furlongs||4 locks|
|Moss Pool Bridge||7 miles and ¾ furlongs||5 locks|
|Meretown Bridge||7 miles and 1¾ furlongs||5 locks|
|Skewd Bridge||7 miles and 4½ furlongs||5 locks|
Carries both the canal and the road over the River Meese.
|7 miles and 5 furlongs||5 locks|
|Bridge No 9 (Newport Branch)||7 miles and 6¾ furlongs||5 locks|
|Quarry Bridge No 8||8 miles and 1¾ furlongs||5 locks|
|Meadow Bridge No 7||8 miles and 5½ furlongs||5 locks|
|Norbury Lock No 17||8 miles and 5¾ furlongs||5 locks|
|Norbury Lock No 16||8 miles and 6¼ furlongs||6 locks|
|Norbury Lock No 15||8 miles and 7 furlongs||8 locks|
|Staff Bridge No 6||8 miles and 7¼ furlongs||9 locks|
|Norbury Lock No 14||8 miles and 7¼ furlongs||9 locks|
|Norbury Lock No 13||9 miles||10 locks|
|Black Lane Bridge No 5||9 miles and 1 furlong||11 locks|
|Norbury Lock No 12||9 miles and 1 furlong||11 locks|
|Norbury Lock No 11||9 miles and 1¾ furlongs||12 locks|
|Norbury Lock No 10||9 miles and 2½ furlongs||13 locks|
|Norbury Lock No 9||9 miles and 3¼ furlongs||14 locks|
|Norbury Lock No 8||9 miles and 4½ furlongs||15 locks|
|Oulton Bridge No 4||9 miles and 5 furlongs||16 locks|
|Norbury Lock No 7||9 miles and 5¼ furlongs||16 locks|
|Norbury Lock No 6||9 miles and 6 furlongs||17 locks|
|Maltshovel Bridge No 3||9 miles and 7 furlongs||18 locks|
|Norbury Lock No 5||9 miles and 7 furlongs||18 locks|
|Norbury Lock No 4||9 miles and 7¾ furlongs||19 locks|
|Norbury Lock No 3||10 miles and ½ furlongs||20 locks|
|Blakemere Bridge No 2||10 miles and 1 furlong||21 locks|
|Norbury Lock No 2||10 miles and 1¼ furlongs||21 locks|
|Norbury Drydock (Norbury Lock No 1)
Former first lock of Newport Flight
|10 miles and 2½ furlongs||22 locks|
|Norbury Junction Footbridge||10 miles and 3 furlongs||23 locks|
Junction with former Newport Branch
|10 miles and 3¼ furlongs||23 locks|
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Wikipedia has a page about Shropshire Union Canal
The Shropshire Union Canal is a navigable canal in England. The Llangollen and Montgomery canals are the modern names of branches of the Shropshire Union ("SU") system and lie partially in Wales.
The canal lies in the counties of Staffordshire, Shropshire and Cheshire in the north-west midlands of England. It links the canal system of the West Midlands, at Wolverhampton, with the River Mersey and Manchester Ship Canal at Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, 66 miles (106 km) distant.
The "SU main line" runs southeast from Ellesmere Port on the River Mersey to the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal at Autherley Junction in Wolverhampton. Other links are to the Llangollen Canal (at Hurleston Junction), the Middlewich Branch (at Barbridge Junction), which itself connects via the Wardle Canal with the Trent and Mersey Canal, and the River Dee (in Chester). With two connections to the Trent and Mersey (via the Middlewich Branch and the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal) the SU is part of an important circular and rural holiday route called the Four Counties Ring.
The SU main line was the last trunk narrow canal route to be built in England. It was not completed until 1835 and was the last major civil engineering accomplishment of Thomas Telford.
The name "Shropshire Union" comes from the amalgamation of the various component companies (Ellesmere Canal, Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal, Montgomeryshire Canal) that came together to form the Shropshire Union Railways and Canal Company. The main line between Nantwich and Autherley Junction was almost built as a railway although eventually it was decided to construct it as a waterway.