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Shropshire Union Canal North West Entrance to Berwick Tunnel

A Grade II Listed Building in Upton Magna, Shropshire

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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

Plus Code: 9C4VP834+M7

Entry Name: Shropshire Union Canal North West Entrance to Berwick Tunnel

Listing Date: 17 February 1985

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1222618

English Heritage Legacy ID: 417407

Location: Upton Magna, Shropshire, SY4

County: Shropshire

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

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SJ 51 SW
Shrewsbury Branch

3/91 North-west entrance to
- Berwick Tunnel

- II

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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