STOP PLANK SHEL­TERS

Canal Boat - - Feature -

Stop planks were (and still are) used to tem­po­rar­ily dam off a length of canal for main­te­nance work. But rather than leav­ing them ex­posed to the el­e­ments (and per­haps to theft) when not in use, some canal com­pa­nies built sheds or cov­ers for them. Some – as in this ex­am­ple on the Coven­try (ac­tu­ally on the length of the Coven­try’s route that was built by the Birm­ing­ham & Faze­ley com­pany) – went a lit­tle fur­ther and built a stop plank shel­ter into the abut­ment of a bridge.

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