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Encyclopedia > Coventry Canal
Coventry Canal near Fradley
Coventry Canal viewed from Foleshill Rd

The Coventry Canal is a narrow canal in the Midlands of England. Download high resolution version (1024x768, 200 KB)Coventry Canal near Fradley Photograph taken by Scu98rkr in August 2004, mid-afternoon. ... Download high resolution version (1024x768, 200 KB)Coventry Canal near Fradley Photograph taken by Scu98rkr in August 2004, mid-afternoon. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2592x1944, 1790 KB) Photo taken on 12 November 2006 of Coventry Canal, England from Foleshill Road. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2592x1944, 1790 KB) Photo taken on 12 November 2006 of Coventry Canal, England from Foleshill Road. ... The Canal du Midi, Toulouse, France Canals are man-made channels for water. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem - the United Kingdom anthem God Save the Queen is commonly used England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Unified  -  by Athelstan 927 AD  Area  -  Total 130...


The canal starts in Coventry and ends 38 miles (65 km) north at Fradley Junction, just north of Lichfield, where it joins the Trent and Mersey Canal. Maps sometimes give the middle section of the canal the name "Birmingham and Fazeley Canal", reflecting a complicated history of ownership and re-leasing when the Coventry Canal company was in financial difficulties during construction (basically, the neigbouring B&F canal got involved in order to ensure that its own traffic could continue from Fazeley, where the canals met, on to Fradley junction). For other places with the same name, see Coventry (disambiguation). ... Fradley Junction is the point at which the Coventry Canal joins the Trent and Mersey Canal. ... The West Front of Lichfield Cathedral, June 2005 Lichfield (Welsh: Caerlwytgoed) is a small city and civil parish in Staffordshire, 110 miles northwest of London and 14 miles north of Birmingham. ... The Trent and Mersey Canal is a canal linking the River Trent at Shardlow in Derbyshire to the River Mersey at Runcorn in Cheshire. ...


It runs through the towns of Bedworth, Nuneaton, Atherstone, Polesworth and Tamworth. It is navigable for boats up to 21.9m (72ft) length, 2.1m (7ft) beam and 1.9m (6ft 6) headroom. Bedworth is a market town in the Nuneaton and Bedworth district of Warwickshire, England. ... Nuneaton is the largest town in the English county of Warwickshire, and the borough of Nuneaton and Bedworth. ... Atherstone is a town in Warwickshire, England. ... Location within the British Isles Polesworth is a large village and civil parish in the North Warwickshire district of Warwickshire, England. ... Tamworth town centre Tamworth is a historic town and local government district in Staffordshire, England, located 27 km (17 miles) north-east of Birmingham and 198 km (123 miles) north-west of London. ...


The Coventry Canal forms part of the Warwickshire ring. The Warwickshire ring is a connected series of canals forming a circuit around the West Midlands area of the United Kingdom. ...

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Route

The canal begins in Coventry Canal Basin near the centre of Coventry, and meanders north through Coventry passing under many road bridges including prominent hump-back bridges under the Foleshill Road, Foleshill and the Longford Road, Longford. Just north of Coventry, it forms a junction with the Oxford Canal at Hawkesbury Junction, also known as "Sutton Stop". There is also a superbly preserved iron bridge over the canal, and some fascinating buildings from the working days of the canal. A few miles further north just outside Bedworth it connects to the Ashby-de-la-Zouch Canal, then runs north-west for a number of miles through Nuneaton, Atherstone and Polesworth. At Fazeley in Tamworth there is a junction with the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal. The Coventry canal (although for some distance here it is strictly called the Birmingham and Fazeley) continues roughly northwards to end at Fradley Junction where it joins the Trent and Mersey Canal. Tower Court, Foleshill Foleshill is a suburb in the north of Coventry in the West Midlands of England. ... Longford Road, Coventry (looking south) Longford is a suburb in the north of Coventry, West Midlands, England. ... Bedworth is a market town in the Nuneaton and Bedworth district of Warwickshire, England. ... The Ashby-de-la-Zouch Canal is a 22 mile (35 km) long canal in England which travels between Bedworth in Warwickshire and the Leicestershire village of Snarestone. ... Nuneaton is the largest town in the English county of Warwickshire, and the borough of Nuneaton and Bedworth. ... Atherstone is a town in Warwickshire, England. ... Location within the British Isles Polesworth is a large village and civil parish in the North Warwickshire district of Warwickshire, England. ... Tamworth town centre Tamworth is a historic town and local government district in Staffordshire, England, located 27 km (17 miles) north-east of Birmingham and 198 km (123 miles) north-west of London. ... The Birmingham and Fazeley Canal is a canal in the West Midlands of England, between Birmingham and Fazeley, just outside Tamworth. ... Fradley Junction is the point at which the Coventry Canal joins the Trent and Mersey Canal. ... The Trent and Mersey Canal is a canal linking the River Trent at Shardlow in Derbyshire to the River Mersey at Runcorn in Cheshire. ...


Coventry Canal Basin

Coventry Canal Basin was opened in 1769 and expanded in 1788. It is situated just north of Coventry City Centre and just outside the city's inner ring road. Many of the buildings and the site were restored between 1993 and 1995. The Canal Bridge, Canal House and the warehouses are grade II listed buildings. Buckingham Palace, a Grade I listed building. ...


All boats going in and out of Coventry Canal Basin have to pass through the Canal Bridge.

History

The Coventry Canal Company was formed in 1768. James Brindley was commissioned to build the canal, and work started on it in December that year. Due to the high standards of construction demanded by Brindley, the canal company ran out of money by the time the canal had reached Atherstone in 1769, and Brindley was replaced by Thomas Yeoman. 1768 was a leap year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... James Brindley. ... Atherstone is a town in Warwickshire, England. ...


Thomas Dadford advised on the Canal's aqueduct over the River Tame (now known as Tame Aqueduct) in 1784 and in June 1785, Thomas Sheasby was awarded the contract to connect the Coventry Canal to the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal. Thomas Dadford, Senior (died 1809) was an English canal engineer, as were his sons, Thomas Dadford Junior, John Dadford and James Dadford. ... Thomas Sheasby, Senior (c. ...


The canal remained half finished for another seventeen years, but was finally completed and opened in 1789. The canal was for many years an important artery of trade, and was nationalised in 1948, and taken over by British Waterways. 1789 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1948 calendar). ... British Waterways sign near Gas Street Basin on the BCN. British Waterways is a government body sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Scottish Executive in the United Kingdom. ...


Features

Point Coordinates
Fradley Junction 52°43′25″N 1°47′36″W / 52.7236, -1.7934
Bell bridge (A38/Ryknild Street) 52°42′41″N 1°45′57″W / 52.7113, -1.7658
Huddlesford Junction 52°40′59″N 1°46′37″W / 52.6831, -1.7769
Fazeley Junction 52°36′55″N 1°42′04″W / 52.6154, -1.7010
Tame Aqueduct 54°09′45″N 3°38′51″W / 54.1624, -3.6474
Glascote Basin 52°38′10″N 1°38′08″W / 52.6362, -1.6356
Baddesley Basin 52°34′60″N 1°33′40″W / 52.5832, -1.5612
Mill Bridge (Polesworth) 52°36′57″N 1°37′00″W / 52.6158, -1.6167
Atherstone Top Lock 52°34′29″N 1°33′03″W / 52.5748, -1.5509
Marston Junction 52°29′25″N 1°27′33″W / 52.4902, -1.4592
Hawkesbury Junction 52°27′28″N 1°28′08″W / 52.4578, -1.4690
Coventry Basin 52°24′48″N 1°30′43″W / 52.4134, -1.5120

Fradley Junction is the point at which the Coventry Canal joins the Trent and Mersey Canal. ... A38 passing under M50 in Worcestershire The A38 is a major trunk road in England. ... Icknield Street or Ryknild Street is a Roman road in Britain that runs from Bourton on the Water in Oxfordshire where it connected to the Fosse Way, to Rotherham in South Yorkshire, it went via Alcester, the area now covered by Birmingham (where a large fort was located), Lichfield, and... The termination of the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal under the Watling Street Bridge at Fazeley Fazeley Junction toll house and roving bridge over the Coventry Canal Fazeley Junction (grid reference SK202020) is the name of the junction where the authorised Birmingham and Fazeley Canal terminates and meets the Coventry Canal... Location within the British Isles Polesworth is a large village and civil parish in the North Warwickshire district of Warwickshire, England. ... Atherstone is a town in Warwickshire, England. ...

See also

For canals of Northern Ireland see the Canals of Ireland article // History See History of the British canal system for a more detailed history. ... The British canal system of water transport played a vital role in Britains Industrial Revolution at a time when roads were only just emerging from the medieval mud and long trains of pack horses were the only means of mass transit by road of raw materials and finished products...

External links

  • Guide to Coventry Canal from waterscape.com

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Station Information - Coventry Canal (223 words)
The Coventry Canal is a narrow Canal in England which travels for 38 miles (65 km) between Coventry and just north of Lichfield.
The Coventry Canal Company was formed in 1768 and James Brindley was commissioned to build it, work started on the canal in the december of that year.
The canal was for many years an important artery of trade, and was nationalised in 1948, and taken over by British Waterways.
Oxford Canal - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1170 words)
The Oxford Canal passes mainly through the Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire countryside, and is often considered to be one of the most scenic canals in Britain.
The Oxford Canal was originally built as a contour canal, meaning that it twisted around hills to minimise deviations from a level contour.
The canal was nationalised in 1948 and became part of the Docks and Inland Waterways Executive, later the British Waterways Board.
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