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Canal Boat - - Restoration -

The ‘Shrews­bury & New­port Canals’ were two sep­a­rate routes. The Shrews­bury Canal opened in 1797 from Trench to Shrews­bury, 17 miles with 11 locks and an in­clined plane at Trench, for small tub-boats about 20ft by 6ft with four shar­ing a lock. In 1831 the New­port Arm of the Birm­ing­ham & Liver­pool Junc­tion Canal opened. It de­scended via 23 stan­dard nar­row locks in ten miles from Nor­bury through New­port to Wap­pen­shall to meet the Shrews­bury, which was widened from there to Shrews­bury to take stan­dard nar­row­boats. Both canals came un­der the Shrop­shire Union sys­tem, but were closed by the LMS Rail­way in 1944. A 1960s restoration scheme could not stop Bri­tish Wa­ter­ways sell­ing off parts for de­mo­li­tion; the present SNCT was founded in 2000 to re­open from Nor­bury to Shrews­bury.

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