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Canal News – Audlem Festival of Transport

Canal News

Audlem Festival of Transport

678Audlem,  Cheshire

 27 – 28 Jul 2013

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Historical boats and vintage cars will bring history to life at the Audlem Festival of Transport.

Audlem WharfAudlem Wharf, Shropshire Union Canal, Cheshire

The waiting area for Lock No 13 outside the Shroppie Fly pub is very limited, especially in busy times. This is a favourite gongoozling place, especially on a bank holiday when all mooring spots are taken and several boats want to tie up to wait for this lock but there’s only room for two! Maybe we should campaign for bad ale so everyone goes away !!  © Copyright Roger Kidd and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

 This festival has been getting bigger and better by the year.

This summer, more than 300 vintage cars, vans, trucks, buses are expected to join the festival parade from Hankelow to Audlem. The parade starts at 12 noon on Hankelow Green when it will proceed to Audlem through the village to the playing field off Cheshire Street. Here the entrants will be parked for viewing by the public for the remainder of the day.

A record number of vintage canal boats are expected at the Audlem Warf next to Audlem Mill and the Shroppie Fly.

Shroppie FlyThe Shroppie Fly and Audlem Mill, Shropshire Union Canal, Cheshire

The Shroppie Fly was built as a warehouse which closed in 1970. Conversion to a pub, with a mock narrow boat as a bar, was completed in 1974. The crane on the wharf was “salvaged” from a former railway. The history of the mill, built in 1916 can be seen at Link  © Copyright Roger Kidd and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Canal News – Santa Comes to Audlem Wharf

 Old canalside crane, Audlem.

Outside the “Shroppie Fly”. This former industrial area in the Weaver valley was important for chemicals and salt. Today the traffic is more recreational.  The crane originally stood in the goods shed at the former Audlem railway station. In the early 1970s when the complex of warehouses on Audlem wharf was turned into the Shroppie Fly, the corrugated-iron shed that stood on this brick base was demolished and the old railway crane brought half a mile eastwards to form a feature in the new canalside development. [Thanks – Christopher Hilton]  © Copyright Colin Smith and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Santa Comes to Audlem Wharf

29 Nov 2012

17:30 pm – 21:00 pm

It’s the big Christmas lights switch-on in Audlem and Santa is arriving by boat.

Join in the festive fun at Audlem with the big Christmas lights switch-on, the children’s Santa Parade from Audlem School and last but not least, Father Christmas himself arriving in Audlem Wharf by boat.

The festivities commence at 5pm with Santa set to arrive at 6pm. Late night shopping will follow.

Shropshire Union Canal near Audlem Wharf

  © Copyright David Martin and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.


Audlem stands at the intersection of the roads from Nantwich to Market Drayton and Newcastle to Whitchurch. The Shropshire border is just over a mile to the south on the Market Drayton road and about 3 miles to the east on the road to Woore and Newcastle. The parish includes the pretty hamlet of Coxbank situated about one mile to the south between the canal and A529.

The Shropshire Union Canal, with its run of 15 locks, runs through the village. The River Weaver passes by to the west of the village, and flows north through fine open countryside to Nantwich.

Adderley Locks, south of Audlem, Shropshire

There are five locks in the flight at Adderley, altogether altering the water level by thirty-one feet ( about nine and a half metres). This image, taken with some telephoto from Adderley Wharf Bridge (No 69) shows Lock Nos 1 and 2 with Wems Bridge. Massey’s Bridge is just visible in the distance.

The Shropshire Union Canal was opened fully by 1835, engineered by Thomas Telford. © Copyright Roger Kidd and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.