Canal Transport

Canal at Tinsley Viaduct

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The Sheffield-Tinsley Canal heads under the Tinsley Viaduct carrying the M1 motorway.
Photo Co-ordinates: 53.413535°,-1.404464°

Locks on the Sheffield- Tinsley Canal

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Locks on the Sheffield- Tinsley Canal
Photo Co-ordinates: 53.404898°,-1.410163°

Canal boat entering one of the locks

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Canal boat entering one of the locks on the Sheffield- Tinsley Canal
Photo Co-ordinates: 53.406641°,-1.1.409128°

At the start of the 18th Century,  the roads which headed north or south from Sheffield were difficult as were the tracks over the Pennines to the west except during good weather. The benefit of water transport especially for bulky goods led to pressure for the a scheme to make the Don navigable into Sheffield.

The scheme was initially opposed by the Duke of Norfolk but eventually  it was agreed to develop the Don navigation from the east as far as Tinsley with an improved road from there into Sheffield. This scheme was completed in 1751.

Eventually, a canal link from Tinsley to Sheffield was proposed and its construction was completed in 1819, bringing water transport into the town to a canal wharf (now called Victoria Quays) close to the junction of the Sheaf and Don.