PLAN OF THE PROPOSED NEWPORT BRANCH OF THE BIRMINGHAM AND LIVERPOOL JUNCTION CANAL
with the collateral branches of railways
Surveyor: D. HOUGHTON; Civil Engineer: W. A. PROVIS, under the direction of Thomas TELFORD.
Size: 1180 mm x 640 mm. Scale: 10 cm = c1mile
Shropshire Archives ref: DP306
This is a finely executed and well-designed map, which includes an 8-point compass with north and magnetic north depicted. It shows the proposed 11 mile stretch of canal from a junction with the Birmingham and Liverpool Canal in the east to the Shrewsbury Canal in the west and also two short branches to the Buttery and Lime Kiln Bridge. The map is coloured: streams and ponds in blue, parish and township boundaries in brown, and woodland in green with an additional bush symbol. The physical relief, an important feature for canal construction, is indicated by a fine stipple. The churches along the proposed route are highlighted and named; other buildings are coloured black but generally not labelled. All fields and plots alongside the proposed route are numbered within parish sections.
The map is accompanied by a longitudinal section at the same scale, with an additional scale for height. This gives information on proposed cuttings, embankments, footbridges, crossings for roads and lanes, locks and streams. The book of reference has 7 columns, providing details of county, parish, township, owner, occupier and description of each plot, including the land use such as arable, pasture or road.