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Latitude: 52.7042 / 52°42'15"N
Longitude: -2.6943 / 2°41'39"W
OS Eastings: 353184
OS Northings: 312066
OS Grid: SJ531120
Mapcode National: GBR BL.2RDR
Mapcode Global: WH8BV.L966
Entry Name: Shropshire Union Canal North West Entrance to Berwick Tunnel
Listing Date: 17 February 1985
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1222618
English Heritage Legacy ID: 417407
Location: Upton Magna, Shropshire, SY4
Civil Parish: Upton Magna
Traditional County: Shropshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Shropshire
Church of England Parish: Upton Magna St Lucia
Church of England Diocese: Lichfield
SJ 51 SW
SJ 5313 1207 UPTON MAGNA C.P. SHROPSHIRE UNION CANAL,
3/91 North-west entrance to
- Berwick Tunnel
Canal tunnel entrance. Dated 1797, possibly by Josiah Clowes or Thomas
Telford. Dressed red sandstone with ashlar dressings. Parabolic arch with
chamfered voussoirs and triple keystones; curved retaining walls, string
course, central square datestone, coped parapet raised to centre, and coped
square end piers. Arch bricked up in late C20. Berwick Tunnel (970 yards)
was the first canal tunnel to have a towpath incorporated from the start
(removed 1819); added at the suggestion of William Reynolds, it was wooden,
about 3 feet wide and rested on bearers set in the wall allowing the full
width of the tunnel to be filled with water and reducing the resistance of
boats. The Shrewsbury branch of the Shropshire Union Canal was begun in
1793 with Josiah Clowes as the engineer under William Reynolds, the latter
replaced after his death in February 1795 by Thomas Telford, and opened in
February 1797. Charles Hadfield, The Canals of the West Midlands, David
and Charles (1969), Pp. 160 and 163.
Listing NGR: SJ5318412065
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