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Description: A 19.5 mile, 17 lock, broad canal from the River Dee to Nantwich. Now part of the Shropshire Union Main Line.
History: Authorised by an Act of 1772, opened in 1775 to Beeston and in 1779 to Nantwich.
Surveys canal line.
Authorised by an Act.
He was appointed engineer. His prevoius experience having been as surveyor and as a contractor for cutting.
He was employed as assistant engineer to Samuel Weston.
Was called back from Ireland to take up the appointment of engineer.
He left his post as engineer.
Opened to Beeston.
Late January 1775
About this date he became engineer.
Became resident engineer after apparently having previously been a carrier on the Trent & Mersey. It was not long before he was dismissed for inattention to duty.
He had been dismissed by this date.
Early January 1776
Around this time he briefly served as company engineer.
Opened to Nantwich.