Caldon Canal, Stoke-on-Trent

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The Caldon Canal, opened in 1779, runs 18 miles from Etruria, in Stoke-on-Trent where it leaves the Trent and Mersey Canal at the summit level, to Froghall, Staffordshire. The canal has 17 locks and the 69-metre long Froghall Tunnel.HistoryThe first plans by the proprietors of the Trent & Mersey Canal Company to construct a canal from the summit level to Leek were considered in January 1773. This would have been a tub-boat canal, as the boats were designed to carry just 5 tons, and rather than using locks, inclined planes were to be used at points where the level of the canal needed to change. Two more plans were considered, and the third included extra reservoirs which would supply the summit level of the existing main line. At a similar time, an independent company was planning a link to Leek, but the Trent & Mersey managed to block this. Having secured contracts with several owners of limestone quarries in the Caldon Low area, the company sought an Act of Parliament to authorise construction of the new works, which it obtained in May 1776.The Act enabled the proprietors to borrow £25,000 to fund the construction, which was completed in December 1778. Initially, there were 16 locks, eight rising from Etruria to the start of the summit at Stockton, and eight falling from the end of the summit to Froghall. 1.5mi of the canal followed the bed of the river Churnet near Consall. The company could also build railways to the quarries, and the first, which ran from Froghall across Shirley Common towards the quarries opened at the same time as the canal, but was not a success. A second Act of Parliament was obtained in 1783 to authorise a new tramway, and to extend the canal by 530yd, which included the Froghall tunnel. The tramway was 3.1mi long, and was funded out of revenue, as the Act did not authorise the raising of additional capital.
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  • In our busy city where the road network is confusing and chaotic,behind all this weaves the Cauldon canal with paths that really surprised me.A simple stroll can get you around the hub of the city see...  more »
  • narrow boats go up and down this canal. I know of this canal that enters Hanley Park and have walked along it as it winds towards Hanley. It is nice to see a canal that is enjoyed and used. Great plac...  more »
  • A lovely afternoon stroll through an urban landscape. The pathways are well maintained and it is beautiful walking through Hanley park.  more »

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