Roadstone to Welshpool

Time and Place: NarrowBoat, Autumn 2016

Christopher M Jones

Chris M. Jones examines an early 20th-century photo of Welshpool that shows the transportation of road-making minerals on the Montgomeryshire Canal.

Although much of the canal network was constructed in England, we should not forget that over 36 miles of narrow canals were built in north-east Wales as part of the extensive Shropshire Union Railways & Canal Company (SURCC) system. This includes the Montgomeryshire Canal which passed through the town of Welshpool, now in the administrative county of Powys.Photo details This view of the canal in the town is looking north-east from beneath Severn Street Bridge No 119. At the other end of Severn Street Wharf, with its iron crane on the towpath, is the narrows, indicating the position of Lledan Brook Aqueduct. Just ahead is an iron trough bridge over which runs the Welshpoolto-Llanfair light railway, and in the distance can be seen Clerk’s Bridge No 118 carrying Mill Lane over the canal.…

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