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Canal de Staffordshire y Worcestershire



Récord: 74 km

Tipo: Canales




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Continente: Europa

País: Reino Unido

Localización: Une el río Severn en Stourport (Worcestershire) con el río Trent en Haywood Junction (Staffordshire)

Año: 1771

Estado: Terminado

Descripción:Es un canal estrecho navegable en Staffordshire y Worcestershire en los Midlands ingleses. Tiene 74 km de longitud, que une el río Severn en Stourport en Worcestershire con el canal Trent y Mersey en Haywood Junction en Great Haywood.

The Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal, often called the Staffs and Worcs (pronounced "Wusts"), leaves the wide River Severn at Stourport and potters along twisting river valleys and then through some remarkable sandstone scenery around Kinver.

It skirts the edge of suburban Wolverhampton and then crosses the wide open farmland of Cannock Chase before joining the Trent & Mersey canal near the beautiful Tixall Wide. It is 46 miles long with 45 locks so allow 4 or 5 days.

The ‘Staffs and Worcs.’ was an early ‘contour’ canal, opened in 1772, part of Brindley’s intention to create a ‘Grand Cross’ of canals connecting the rivers Severn and Trent, and the Mersey and Thames. The canal was still making a profit when it was nationalized in 1948, still run from the same Wolverhampton offices for over 170 years!

Stourport is a fascinating inland port, much of the port area little changed from the eighteenth century. There are four interlinked basins, warehouses, clock tower and the (currently closed) Tontine hotel, built by the Canal Company in 1788, overlooking the Severn.

The Staffordshire and Worcester Canal from Stourport on the River Severn to the Trent and Mersey Canal

Researched and written by Jeannette Briggs

This fascinating and very pretty canal was orginally constructed in 1772 by James Brindley to link the docks at Bristol and the towns of Gloucester and Worcester with the Potteries region in Stoke on Trent and the Birmingham conurbation, via the Trent and Mersey Canal to which it links at Great Hayward junction. The china factories in the Stoke on Trent region were churning out their wares, which were being shipped out all over the world from Bristol and a canal connection was the quickest way of transporting heavy bulky raw materials from the docks at Bristol to the factories, and the finished articles from the Potteries region and the Midlands down to the ships at Gloucester and Bristol.

Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal

The Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal runs through softly undulating West Midlands countryside. It skirts around the edges of Birmingham without ever becoming truly urban.

The canal was one of the major routes of the canal age, and would have been constantly busy with coal boats. It now forms part of two cruising rings, and is one of the prettiest ways to explore the region.

At one end, it connects to the River Severn at the historic Stourport Basins in the Georgian town of Stourport. The southern reaches of the canal run close to the River Stour, which is an important wetland habitat. The canal near Kidderminster and Kinver has unusual sandstone 'cliffs'.

At its northern end, in Staffordshire, it runs through the wild pine woods and heathland of Cannock Chase. It then passes the grounds of the grand Shugborough Estate, before joining the Trent & Mersey Canal.

Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal

The Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal is 46 miles long with 43 locks and links the Trent & Mersey Canal at Great Haywood in Staffordshire with the River Severn at Stourport in Worcestershire. It connects with the Shropshire Union Canal at Autherley Junction and the Birmingham Canal at nearby Aldersley Junction in Wolverhampton, and with the Stourbridge Canal at Stourton Junction. The largely derelict Hatherton Branch joins at Hatherton Junction and is currently only navigable through one lock to a boatyard but its restoration to Cannock and along a new line through to the BCN is being promoted. A former connection with the Stafford Branch or Sow Navigation at Baswich is the subject of restoration proposals as the Stafford Riverway Link.

The maximum size of boat that can navigate throughout the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal is

length: 74' 8" (22.75 metres) - Awbridge Lock

beam: 7' 0" (2.12 metres) - Awbridge Lock

height: 7' 0" (2.12 metres) - Whittington Horse Bridge

draught: 3' 7" (1.09 metres) - Rodbaston Lock


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