In the early 1790s a group calling themselves the 'Derby Committee' began consultations with Benjamin Outram with a view to the construction of a Derby Canal connecting with the Grand Trunk system. The route as surveyed by Outram consisted of two main branches, one connecting the town with the Trent & Mersey Canal at Swarkestone (SMR 99012) and the other with the Erewash Canal at Sandiacre (SMR 99009). A spur (SMR 99010) ran north to Little Eaton to connect with a tramway (the 'Gang Road') (SMR 22311). The Derby Canal Act was passed in 1793, the engineer was Benjamin Outram, and construction was soon underway. The Little Eaton branch was opened in 1795 although the canal was not fully completed until 1796. (1)
Bibliographic reference: Swainson, C M. 1993. Waterways to Derby.
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Centred SK 36358 40611 (582m by 4501m) Approximate
BREADSALL, EREWASH, DERBYSHIRE
LITTLE EATON, EREWASH, DERBYSHIRE
DERBY, DERBY, DERBYSHIRE
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