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Chester Canal

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.

January 1762

James Brindley

Surveys canal line.

January 1772

Authorised by an Act.

April 1772

Samuel Weston

He was appointed engineer. His prevoius experience having been as surveyor and as a contractor for cutting.

April 1772

John Lawton

He was employed as assistant engineer to Samuel Weston.

January 1774

Thomas, Senior Morris

Was called back from Ireland to take up the appointment of engineer.

January 1774

Samuel Weston

He left his post as engineer.

January 1775

Opened to Beeston.

Late January 1775

Joseph Taylor

About this date he became engineer.

September 1775

Josiah Clowes

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.

September 1775

Thomas, Senior Morris

He had been dismissed by this date.

Early January 1776

Mr Moon

Around this time he briefly served as company engineer.

January 1779

Opened to Nantwich.

 

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