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Shropshire Union Canals Maps

 

 

The Ellesmere Canal

Historical map showing the original system as proposed by the Ellesmere Canal Company

Ellesmere Canal Map

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The Montgomery Canal

Map showing the situation today; navigable, isolated and dry sections and the remaining obstacles

Montgomery Canal Map

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The Shropshire Union Canals

Click on the buttons to the right of the map to see who did what.

See the notes below for when.

 

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The Shropshire Union System, 1850 - 1936

 

Routes open today

 

Built by the Chester Canal Company

 

Built by the Ellesmere Canal Company

 

Built by the East and West Montgomeryshire Canal Companies

 

Built by the Shrewsbury Canal Company

 

Built by the Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal Company

 

Present nameBuilt by / asOpened
Main Line
Ellesmere Port to Chester Ellesmere Canal, Wirral Line 1805
Chester to Nantwich Chester Canal 1779
Nantwich to Wolverhampton (Autherley Jn) Birmingham & Liverpool Junction Canal 1835
Middlewich Branch
Nantwich (Barbridge Jn) to Middlewich Chester Canal 1833
Llangollen Canal
Nantwich (Hurleston Jn) to Frankton (via Ellesmere) Ellesmere Canal 1797 to 1806
Frankton to Trevor Basin Ellesmere Canal, Main Line
Trevor Basin to Horseshoe Falls Ellesmere Canal
Montgomery Canal
Frankton Jn. to Weston Arm Ellesmere Canal, Main Line
Weston Arm to Llanymynech (Carreghofa Top Lock) Ellesmere Canal, Llanymynech Branch 1796
Carreghofa to Garthmyl Montgomeryshire Canal Eastern branch 1797
Garthmyl to Newtown Montgomeryshire Canal Western branch 1821
Shrewsbury & Newport Canal
Norbury Jn. to Wappenshall Jn. Birmingham & Liverpool Junction Canal 1835
Wappenshall Jn. to Shrewsbury Shrewsbury Canal 1797

 

1813 - The Ellesmere Canal merged with the Chester Canal, forming the Ellesmere and Chester Canal Company

1845 - The Ellesmere and Chester Canal Company merged with the Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal

1846 - Formation of the Shropshire Union Railways and Canal Company and purchase of the Shrewsbury Canal

1847 - The London and North Western Railway Company leases the SURCCo

1847 - SURCCo took over the Montgomeryshire Canal Eastern branch

1850 - SURCCo took over the Montgomeryshire Canal Western branch

1922 - The LNWR buys the SURCCo

1923 - The LNWR becomes part of the London Midland and Scottish Railway

1936 - A breach south of Frankton effectively closes the branch to Newtown

1944 - An Act of Abandonment closes all but the main line and the Middlewich branch