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The Canal was constructed in the 1790's, was 33 miles long and ran between Nottingham and Grantham. It finally closed to all traffic in 1929, unable to compete with the railways, and was officially abandoned in 1936. Most of the canal continued to have water in it, to supply farms with water for the fields, but sections around Cropwell Bishop were filled in *. The canal is currently undergoing restoration.
Thanks to contributor Ian Wakefield who states:"Picture from Colston Bridge (no. 23) at Blue Hill on Colston Road, looking north towards Cropwell Bishop. Lengthmans hut demolished by British Waterways for safety reasons."
* Ian also says: "None of the canal has been filled in although many bridges were removed and replaced with lowered flat decks. Twin culverts under the replaced bridges allowed water to continue to flow. The canal around Cropwell Bishop has always suffered from water loss, probably because the area is rich in gypsum which breaks down the clay lining (puddle)."