Waterways of Stoke-on-Trent - Burslem
Waterways of Stoke-on-Trent - Burslem Branch Canal
|BURSLEM "The making of a
turnpike-road from Burslem, in connexion with the Liverpool and
Manchester turnpike road at Lawton, under an Act passed in 1763,
facilitated the carriage of raw materials and manufactured goods, and
gave rise to improvements in the buildings; but the completion of the
Grand Trunk Canal, in 1777, gave a stronger impetus to manufacturing
enterprise, and to the building of larger manufactories, and a better
description of dwelling-houses. A branch canal, from the main line,
brought nearly up to the town, in 1805, gave further facilities to
traffic; and, from the period when the main line of the Canal was
completed, to the present, great local improvements have progressively
John Ward "The Borough of Stoke-upon-Trent" 1843
The canal that's awash with pottery history
Burslem Branch Canal was once one of the cornerstones on which the growth of The Potteries was built.
Parts of the half mile stretch are now filled in, other sections clogged with rubbish and many of its buildings are unused and run down.
photos of the canal breach
When the canal was authorised by an Act of Parliament in 1797, it paved the way for Burslem to become the Mother Town of The Potteries. Construction work was completed in 1805, 30 years after James Brindley completed the adjoining Trent and Mersey Canal.
Large quantities of china clay, stone and other raw materials were shipped in for use at the Burslem potbanks and finished ware was exported via the River Mersey and Liverpool Docks.
The canal was even immortalised by Arnold Bennett when Denry Machinís horse and cart crashed into it in his novel The Card. The canal was abandoned after it burst its banks in the 1960s.
Plans for Burslem Port
Plans are underway to restore the Burslem Branch canal - this ambitious project will bring boats, tourism, leisure, craft workshops and residential property to this area. on Burslem Port
photos, maps, census details relating to Burslem canal
|Aerial photo and map of the branch canal area
|Map of Navigation road showing tramway
|April 1998 newspaper article on Burslem canal
|Photos of the drainage ditch alongside the canal
|Photos of the remains of pool by the canal junction
|Photos of the Trent & Mersey canal
|Photos of the Co-op "Model Bakery"
|Photos of the Wharf buildings
|Photos of Navigation Road and the horse drawn trams
|1832 Hargreaves map of the canal
|1851 OS map of the area
|1878 OS map showing massive development
|1912 OS map showing the Co-op bakery
|1878 OS map - detail of Newport House
|Details of Newport House and Newport Pottery
|1851 census of Newport House and Lane
|1871 census of the Wharfs and Porters House
|1871 census of the boats at Burslem Wharf
|Plan and details of the proposed Burslem Port
|Proposed route of the restored canal
|The 'Bakery buildings'
|Black & white aerial photo of the area
|Photos of the canal breach
|The Anderton Wharf
|The Mersey Weaver Wharf
|The junction of the Burslem and Trent & Mersey canals
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