The Shropshire Union Canal as it approaches Audlem from the South. it has already descended a number of locks.
The 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 SU system and lie partially in Wales. The canal lies in West Midlands, Staffordshire, Shropshire and Cheshire in the north-west midlands of England. It links the canal system of the Midlands, at Wolverhampton, with the River Mersey and Manchester Ship Canal at Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, 110 kilometres (68 mi) distant.
The “SU main line” runs south east 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.
Audlem is a large village and civil parish located in the unitary authority of Cheshire East and the county of Cheshire. Audlem was mentioned in the Domesday Book as Aldelime, and Edward I granted it a market charter in 1295. As you can see, it is situated on the Shropshire Union Canal and has a run of 15 locks, designed by Thomas Telford, to raise the canal from the Cheshire Plain to the 93 feet (28 m) higher Shropshire Plain.
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