Trench Inclined Plane
- HER Number (PRN): 03404
- Site Name : Trench Inclined Plane
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- Grid Reference: SJ 6893 1225
- Brief Description: This site represents: an inclined plane of 18th to 20th century date, a canal lift of 18th to 20th century date.
- Description: Constructed in 1794 to connect the Wombridge Canal (SA 3406) with the Shrewsbury Canal (SA 3410). It was 233 yds long and had a vertical fall of 75ft. operated by an engine obtained from the Coalbrookdale Co-replaced by a new steam engine early in 1842. This continued in use until the plane ceased to function 31 August 1921 <1>
The Plane was similar to those on the Shropshire Canal (SA 3408) the boats being carried one at a time in cradles. The traffic being almost wholly downwards, the cradles worked by counterbalance, the steam engine only being used to pull the cradles over the top of the plane. In 1840 it was converted to use edge rails set in chains fastened to stone sleepers <2>
The docks and embankment of the incline were destroyed in 1968 to fill the basin at the bottom <4>
- Record Type: Monument
(00) Card index: Shropshire County Council SMR. Site and Monuments Record (SMR) cards. SMR record cards. SMR Card for PRN SA 03404. (01) Article in serial: Williams. 1965. Article in the Journal of Industrial Archaeology. J Ind Archaeol. Vol 2. Pt 3. p102-103. (02) Monograph: Hadfield C. 1969. Canals of the West Midlands. p162-163. (03) Monograph: Tonkinson. 1964. Inclined Planes on Shropshire Canals. (04) Volume: Trinder Barrie. 1978. The Hay Inclined Plane. Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust Guides. No 4.02. p7. (05) Monograph: Archer. 1899. Goodwords. p525, with photos. (06) Photograph: Tyler Alan W. 1978. Slides. Colour. (07) Photograph: Tyler Alan W. 1990. Trench. Colour.
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- For more information contact: Shropshire Council HER
- Date Created: 24/05/1978