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Droitwich Canals - Droitwich Barge Canal - Droitwich Junction Canal
The Droitwich Canal is a synthesis of two canals in Worcestershire, England; the Droitwich Barge Canal and the Droitwich Junction Canal.
The Droitwich Barge Canal opened officially on 11th September 2010 the rest of this canal is due to open fully soon but currently un navigable the Droitwich Canals course covers just 7.25 miles between the River Severn at Hawford (Lock) and Hanbury Wharf (Junction) on the Worcester and Birmingham Canal. - NOW FULLY OPEN
The Droitwich canals are probably unique in England that they were originally built to service a single industry; the salt industry. Droitwich has been an important centre for the production of salt, obtained from natural brine springs, since before Roman times. The 'wich' in Droitwich is an ancient reference to salt. The canal was built by James Brindley and opened in 1717 to take salt from Droitwich to Bristol via the River Severn.
The canal was abandoned in 1939 by Act of Parliament.
The Droitwich Canals’ Restoration
The Droitwich Canals’ Restoration Partnership was established in 2000 between British Waterways, Droitwich Canals Trust (established in 1972), The Waterways Trust, Wychavon District Council and Worcestershire County Council in order to further the restoration project creating a linear canal park and establishing a 21 mile cruising ring.
From the Worcester and Birmingham Canal the Droitwich Canal navigates under Westfields Bridge through Locks 1 to 3 where it meets the restored section under the new bridge to rugby club, 4-5 new double lock, 4-5 Old locks (2) and 6 new lock, a new footbridge, the M5 motorway bridge, Bromsgrove Road bridge (B4065), 6 lock, 7 new lock and weir.
Junction with the River Salwarpe (canalised River Salwarpe)
Junction with Barge Canal at Barge Lock (the old extent of navigation), Netherwich Basin, Netherwich Bridge and Railway bridge, Netherwich Bridge (River) and railway, Salwarpe Road bridge, Siding Lane bridge and Chewson Basin, Ombersley Way bridge, Roman Way bridge (A38), the old site of Salwarpe Swing Bridge, Salwarpe bridge, Portars Mill bridge II (River) and the other old limit of navigation Ladywood Lock (1).
Ladywood bridge to Portars Mill Locks (4), Portars Mill bridge, Mildenham Lock, Mildenham bridge, passing Hawford Mill House, A449 bridge and numbers 7 and 8 Locks (2) and the junction with the River Severn.
During the project Within 5 years of completion
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