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This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

Name: BLACKSMITH'S AND JOINER'S SHOP, BRITISH WATERWAYS BOARD CANAL MAINTENANCE DEPOT BRITISH WATERWAYS BOARD CANAL MAINTENANCE DEPOT, SHROPSHIRE UNION CANAL (SOUTH EAST SIDE) (LLANGOLLEN BRANCH)

List entry Number: 1176422

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BLACKSMITH'S AND JOINER'S SHOP, BRITISH WATERWAYS BOARD CANAL MAINTENANCE DEPOT
BRITISH WATERWAYS BOARD CANAL MAINTENANCE DEPOT, SHROPSHIRE UNION CANAL (SOUTH EAST SIDE) (LLANGOLLEN BRANCH), SHROPSHIRE UNION CANAL

The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County District District Type Parish
ShropshireUnitary AuthorityEllesmere Rural

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 25-Apr-1988

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 260793

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ELLESMERE RURAL

1585/18/93 BIRCH 17-SEP-02 BLACKSMITH'S AND JOINER'S SHOP, BRITIS H WATERWAYS BOARD CANAL MAINTENANCE DE POT SHROPSHIRE UNION CANAL BIRCH BRITISH WATERWAYS BOARD CANAL MAINTENA NCE DEPOT, SHROPSHIRE UNION CANAL (SOU TH EAST SIDE) (LLANGOLLEN BRANCH)

GV II* Blacksmith's and joiner's shop. Circa 1806, adjoining William Jessop's and Thomas Telford's Ellesmere Canal, with later additions and alterations. Roughly course sandstone rubble with red brick dressings; the right-hand workshop heightened and rebuilt to front in painted timber frame with red brick infill, with to the right a lower weatherboarded range finishing in a 2-storey bay of sandstone rubble with brick first floor; slate and corrugated iron roofs, half-hipped to canal end. PLAN: Left-hand (upper) range has ground-floor blacksmith's shop, with on its right external stairs to the first floor which has a pattern store to the right and a joiner's shop to the left. Right-hand (lower) range comprises workshop, heightened from the original single-storey structure in late C19, with to the right end a ground-floor paint shop and a first-floor mess room. EXTERIOR: 2 storeys with dentilled eaves cornice to left (upper) part on both sides and on rear to right (lower) part. All windows except where mentioned have late C19 industrial glazing with lapped glazing set in thin vertical glazing bars. Upper part has tall round-arched windows, with late C19 industrial glazing, on both floors to side facing yard with continuous line of windows in roof lighting joiner's shop above. External wooden steps lead to open-gabled timber projection over round-headed boarded door on first floor; rectangular overhanging projection to right with glazing bar sash to front. Lower range has continuous run of half-glazed sliding doors to front with wide segmental-headed door to right, two segmental windows above and small segmental-headed window to mess room above. Three wide roof lights. Rear has round-headed barred windows to both ranges and stacks in bottom of roof slope. Walkway with slate roof on canal side to right-hand end, with 16-pane sashes above. INTERIOR: Belt-drive gearing throughout, some boxed in and all powered by the engine house attached to the Timber Store (qv). The interior is notable for the retention of fixtures and fittings, mostly of later C19 date. Blacksmith's workshop has workbenches along southern wall, cupboards on north and west walls, forge with trough and metal shields, bending slab and fixed industrial machinery including drill and lathes. Joiner's shop has retained C19 cupboards, including pigeon hole cupboard on east wall and extensive boxing to machinery which includes workbenches and sawbench; roof has timber principals with wrought-iron tension rods. Pattern shop has racking with many C19-20 patterns for castings. Workshop has timber roof and a late C19 overhead crane comprising a trussed beam; workbench, and four pieces of fixed machinery; matchboard partitions with extensive glazing to corner office. To far right, next to canal, is a first-floor mess room with matchboarded walls, fixed benches, clothes pegs, cast-iron range and stone sink.

An exceptionally well-preserved C19 workshop range, one of the best in the country and comprising part of the best-preserved canal workshop site in Britain. It was very probably built to the designs of Telford and Jessop, canal engineers being traditionally responsible for a wide range of structures from the trim (lettering and mileposts) to locks and keepers' houses. All canal companies had maintenance yards for work on boats, locks, paddle gearing and other aspects of the working fabric of inland waterways. (Edward Wilson, The Ellesmere and Llangollen Canal (1975), pp. 53-7)

SJ4004134182

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Wilson, E, The Ellesmere and Llangollen Canal, (1975), 49-51

National Grid Reference: SJ 40041 34182

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