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Ashby de la Zouch Canal

Description: Attractive and historical countryside which includes Bosworth Field. Runs from Snarestone to Marston Junction on the Coventry Canal

History: Promoted by an Act of 1794 Opened from Marston to Moira in 1804.The section from Moira to north of Snarestone was abandoned in 1956 under the BTC Act.

See Priestley's Navigable Rivers and Canals for more information.

December 1781

Robert Whitworth

He had completed his survey for a canal, 31 miles and 3 furlongs in length, from Ashby Woulds through Market Bosworth and Hinckley to the Coventry canal at Griff. He estimated the cost as 46,396.

January 1792

John Smith

Surveyed the canal for Robert Whitworth.

Autumn January 1792

William Jessop

He checked Robert Whitworth's line for the canal.

Mid October 1792

Robert Whitworth

He produced a plan, based on and adding to his 1781 scheme, for a canal from the Limeworks at Ticknall to Ashby Woulds then on to the Coventry Canal at Griff.The Ticknall end was to have branches to Cloud Hill and perhaps Staunton Harold it wes then to rise 84 feet through locks before descending 139 feet to Ashby Woulds. This section was to have a reservior 51 feet below the summit with water pumped by a steam engine and was estimated to cost 82,143. The level section from Ashby Woulds to Griff was estimated to cost 63,402.

January 1794

Promoted by an Act.

January 1794

John Smith

Surveyed the canal with Robert Whitworth and William Jessop.

May 1794

William Jessop

The Act was passed based on his and Robert Whitworth's estimate of 138,238 for the 30 miles and 3 fulongs canal.

July 1794

Robert Whitworth

It was agree that he and his son Robert would act as joint engineers, he spending three months a year on the canal and his son working full-time.

July 1794

Robert, junior Whitworth

It was agree that he and his father Robert would act as joint engineers, he working full-time and his father spending three months a year on the canal.

June 1797

Robert Whitworth

His services and those of his son were teminated although it was agreed that they could be employed on a daily basis.

June 1797

Robert, junior Whitworth

He was reported to be ill the previous month and now his services and those of his father were teminated although it was agreed that they could be employed on a daily basis.

After June 1797

Thomas Newbold

Was appointed engineer for the canal.

Summer January 1798

Benjamin Outram

He was asked to report on the feasibility of building tramroads to Ticknall and Cloud Hill instead of canals. He reported in favour of tramroads.

January 1804

Opened from Marston to Moria.

January 1822

John Crossley

He was sent by the canal committee to survey the coal tolls and drawbacks on eight neighbouring canals.

January 1956

Originally from Moria, north of Snarestone, but this section was abandoned in 1956 under the BTC Act.

 

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