250th Anniversary of the First Sod

Tuesday is the 250th anniversary of the start of work on the Trent & Mersey Canal construction.  On 26th July 1766, at a ceremony near Tunstall in the Potteries, Josiah Wedgwood cut the first sod for the new waterway that would help to make the Haywoods part of the hub of a new national transport network.  The first stretch of the canal, from the other side of Burton-upon-Trent to Shugborough, opened just four years later. is it illegal to sell viagra pills

Wedgwood’s ceremonial clod of earth was removed in a wheelbarrow by James Brindley, the designer and chief engineer of the Trent & Mersey project.  And 2016 also marks the 300th anniversary of Brindley’s birth.  If you are walking the towpath over the next few days, have a close look at your local canal bridges.  Upon completion, the Trent & Mersey had 213 in total.  Many were designed by Brindley and many still exist.  On some, deep grooves cut into the wall corners are clearly visible – a reminder of the times when horses pulled the canal boats by towropes. cialis 20

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