The Parliamentary Act for the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal was passed in 1766, the same year as the act for the Trent & Mersey Canal. The Staffs. & Worc. was designed by James Brindley as part of the Grand Cross linking the Thames, Trent, Severn and Mersey. It is 46 miles long and links the River Severn at Stourport with the Trent & Mersey Canal at Great Haywood. It was opened in 1772, the year that Brindley died.

    The Tixall section starts at Brindley's Aqueduct and finishes just before the junction with the Trent & Mersey at Great Haywood. 
Tixall Lock Cottage

    After the aqueduct, the canal passes under Holdiford road to Tixall Lock, the final lock on the canal, number 43.

Tixall lock and Stone Quay

    The quay opposite the Lock Cottage was used to transport the stone quarried at Tixall, with a derrick crane larger than the current imported replacement. 

Tixall Lock Bridge

   There is a small bridge under the private road leading to Lock Farm, and the canal then passes to Tixall Wide, a long, broad reach created to enhance the view from Tixall Hall.

Tixall Wide

    The towpath at Tixall Wide passes alongside the edge of Raw Bones Meadow, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, or SSI, especially noted for its marsh flora and wading birds.
Tixall farm from the Swing Bridge

   The final bridge leading to the water meadows, is called the swivel bridge, although now it is a simple brick arch.
  The canal then leaves Tixall before joining the Trent and Mersey canal at Great Haywood.

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Last Updated 14.7.2009

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