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Telford's Last Canal

Inland Waterways, DVD Production

A horsedrawn boatBackground

Produced in association with the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust in 1982, this recording describes the building of Thomas Telford's Birmingham & Liverpool Junction Canal (now nicknamed the "Shroppie"), the enormous difficulties he encountered and the amazing engineering features he created to overcome the obstacles of the landscape.

Ellesmere Port at the junction of the Shroppie with the Manchester Ship canal This DVD version has been digitally re-mastered from the 1982 camera tapes.

As it was the first title we released on DVD we decided to keep the 'feel' of the original by retaining the contemporary commentary and graphics.

Audlem Mill and wharf

An additional feature on the DVD is a section of 'out takes'.


For more information on the "Shroppie", see the Shropshire Union Canal Feature.

Telford's famous Pontcysyllte aqueduct


  • Written by Alistair Penfold
    (Curator of the 'Telford Collection').
  • £13.45 - DVD
  • Running time: 28 mins.
  • Price includes worldwide delivery.
  • ' PAL' and 'NTSC' versions available.

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The images on this page are taken from the video.

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