Hughs Bridge Inclined Plane
- HER Number (PRN): 03403
- Site Name : Hughs Bridge Inclined Plane
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- Grid Reference: SJ 7395 1520
- Brief Description: This site represents: an inclined plane of 18th to 20th century date.
- Description: Built 1794 to replace a tunnel and shaft system (PRN 03409) between the main line of the Donnington Wood canal (PRN 03407), and branches to lime works and quarries to the east of Lilleshall village. (No source cited on card for this). 123 yards long with a fall of 43 ft. According to the recorded memory of an old lady who spent her childhood at Incline Cottage, the incline ceased working in 1879. Worked by a steam engine <1>
Now a grassy slope, the engine house has gone and the upper basin if filled in; there is no trace of the bridge that carried the paths across it <2>
Present condition as described above. At top and bottom of the incline the canal has water although somewhat overgrown. A Tyler FI 1978 <3>
Photographed during aerial survey in 2009. <6>
- Record Type: Monument
(00) Card index: Shropshire County Council SMR. Site and Monuments Record (SMR) cards. SMR record cards. SMR Card for PRN SA 03403. (01) Article in serial: Williams. 1965. Article in the Journal of Industrial Archaeology. J Ind Archaeol. Vol 2. Pt 3. p95-96. (02) Monograph: Russell R. 1971. Lost Canals of England and Wales. p149. (03) Site visit report: Tyler Alan W. 1978. Visit Notes, 1978. (04) Photograph: Tyler Alan W. 1978. Slides. Colour. (05) Photograph: Tyler Alan W. 1990. Hughs Bridge. Colour. (06) Oblique aerial photograph: Shropshire Council. 2009-Apr-5. SA0908_163 to SA0908_164 (2 photos) Flight: 09_SA_08. Colour. Digital.
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- For more information contact: Shropshire Council HER
- Date Created: 24/05/1978
- Date Last Edited: 03/11/2015 15:14:48