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Droitwich Barge Canal

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1771 The Droitwich Barge Canal was a broad canal which opened in 1771 linking Droitwich Spa to the River Severn at Hawford Mill, Claines. It was built to carry salt.

The Droitwich Canal was a synthesis of two canals in Worcestershire: the Droitwich Barge Canal and the Droitwich Junction Canal.

1939 Both canals were abandoned.

They have been the subject of a restoration plan since 1973, and the Barge Canal was officially reopened in 2010, while the Junction Canal reopened in July 2011.

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