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The Caldon Canal (Etruria to Froghall)

This branch canal from Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent, to Froghall was constructed when Josiah Wedgwood and management of the Trent and Mersey Canal Company decided that it would be profitable to have a canal in this area. This was because the area was rich in coal and iron ore but the main attraction was the limestone at Caldon Low.

Brindley surveyed the route and in September 1772 had reached Froghall. However, Brindley got soaked through while constructing the canal and caught a chill. This sequence of events coupled with his deteriorating health lead to his death on the 27th September 1772.


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A barge on the Caldon Canal at Leek - Dec 2001.

A bridge crossing the Caldon Canal at Leek - Dec 2001.

The Caldon Canal terminates at Leek - Dec 2001.

The Caldon Canal at Leek - Dec 2001.

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