Shropshire Union canal near Autherley Junction

Shropshire Union canal from Autherley Junction

The Shropshire Union canal has its southern end at Autherley Junction, where it meets the earlier Staffs & Worcs canal. The owners of the Staffs & Worcs opposed the new canal as liable to drain the water from their summit level. Hence this lock being built, even though the water level is the same in the pounds on either side of the lock.

Beyond the lock the brightly-coloured narrowboats are some of the fleet of Napton narrowboats.

Toll house, Shropshire Union canal

The tollhouse of the Shropshire Union, with attached cottage, seen from across the same lock.