The Newport Branch

The Newport Branch is entirely closed today. It was originally built as a branch of of the Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal, linking to the Shrewsbury Canal. From reading articles on the web, you might be lead to believe that much of it is gone. Maybe because it passes through such a desolate area, it… Continue reading The Newport Branch

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The Whitchurch Branch

The Whitchurch Branch of the Ellesmere Canal ran close to Whitchurch town centre. Today only a short section remains, used mainly for moorings. The overlay below was based on information gained from the 1902 Ordnance Survey map. Because there are few distinguishing features remaining, I may have got the path a few metres out, but… Continue reading The Whitchurch Branch

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The Prees Branch

The Prees Branch on the Llangollen Canal is today a short branch that leads to Whixhall Marina. It was originally longer, reaching Quina Brook, though like many canal schemes it didn’t reach its original goal of Prees. The bridge names have come from the 1902 Ordnance Survey map. Interestingly this map also refers to the… Continue reading The Prees Branch

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The Woodhouse diversion

The Montgomery Canal has a long straight section, just south of the Perry aqueduct. It then heads towards Rednal Basin. It wasn’t always this way though. When the canal was originally under construction one of the members of the original Ellesmere Canal Committee persuaded the company to divert the course of the canal to run… Continue reading The Woodhouse diversion

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