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Ketley Canal

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William Reynolds (the ironmaster of the Ketley Iron Works in the late 18th century), undertook to construct three tub boat canals - the Wombridge Canal, the Ketley Canal and the Shropshire Canal.

1786-7 The Ketley Canal was constructed, running about 1.5 miles from Oakengates to Ketley Iron Works. It featured the first inclined plane in Britain. The Shropshire Canal, at its summit level, connected with the Ketley Canal.

By 1818 the incline was out of use

After closure of the Ketley ironworks, the canal continued to serve a coal wharf near Ketley Hall

1880s Finally abandoned.

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