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Quarry canal bridge

A Scheduled Monument in Forton, Staffordshire

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Latitude: 52.79 / 52°47'24"N

Longitude: -2.3514 / 2°21'4"W

OS Eastings: 376400.491164

OS Northings: 321441.024526

OS Grid: SJ764214

Mapcode National: GBR 05H.0CD

Mapcode Global: WH9CR.V4GF

Entry Name: Quarry canal bridge

Scheduled Date: 3 August 1971

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1006077

English Heritage Legacy ID: ST 224

County: Staffordshire

Civil Parish: Forton

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire

Church of England Parish: Forton All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield


Single span canal bridge 60m south-east of Sutton Bank Farm.

Source: Historic England


This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 11 June 2015. This record has been generated from an "old county number" (OCN) scheduling record. These are monuments that were not reviewed under the Monuments Protection Programme and are some of our oldest designation records.

The monument includes a single span bridge spanning the Newport Branch of the Shropshire Union Canal. The bridge carries Sheeperley Lane over the Shrophire Union canal, which linked the canal systems of the Midlands to other parts of the country including the major rivers and ports. They were built by the engineer Thomas Telford and were completed by 1833. The monument was formally known as Shipley Lane Bridge.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

The principal age of canal building began in England in 1759 and played an important part in the growth and expansion of trade in many parts of the country, linking the river network and major ports. Canals also facilitated the relatively rapid movement of bulk agricultural produce from the countryside to the rapidly expanding industrial towns of the north and the midlands. Canal construction brought with it a whole range of associated structures. Many of these, such as bridges, canal workers' houses, warehouses, wet docks, dry docks, locks and water management systems involved the modification and development of the existing designs of such structures to meet the new requirements of the Canal Age, which also introduced the need for major technological innovation. The earlier canal bridges tended to be of brick or stone, depending on the local sources available and provided access for horse-drawn boats. They are usually single span due to the narrowness of the canals. During the later period cast iron bridges became more prominent. Normally a local builder was appointed by the engineer to construct a number of bridges creating local distinctiveness in bridge designs. The great age of canal construction lasted until about the 1840s, when their utility was eroded by the huge expansion of railways with their quick and cheap transportation of people and goods. During their relatively brief period of use, however, canals became the most important method of industrial transportation, making a major contribution to England's Industrial Revolution. Surviving remains of the early industrial waterways transport network and associated structures are particularly important both by virtue of their rarity and representivity.

The single span canal bridge 60m south east of Sutton Bank Farm survives in good condition as an accommodation bridge allowing access over the canal between two parcels of land. It is representative of this important period of waterway transportation network and associated structures.

Source: Historic England


Pastscape: 877034

Source: Historic England

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