(The website link that was here no longer works) A series of fifteen new interpretation boards is to be installed along the Shropshire Union canal as part of the new Weaver Way which is to be opened on Sunday in Audlem. Six of the boards, which are funded by Cheshire Tourism and are being installed by Cheshire County Council in conjunction with British Waterways, will be in Audlem and have been produced by a local team including photographers, a painter, an illustrator and historians. The boards will be on display this coming weekend in the Methodist Church Hall.
The six Audlem boards, which will be installed as lecterns for ease of reading next to the towpath – well away from the water so as not impede canal operations – focus on the history of the canal. They cover the building of the canal; Thomas Telford, the canal's designer and engineer; life on the canals; narrow boats; Audlem Wharf and 'How a lock works'.
Each board has illustrations. They have been provided by local artist Sheila Webster; local photographers Phil Baker, Simon Cotter and Ken Maple and illustrations by Chris Elliott. Publishers of canal books and British Waterways have also provided material, including historic photographs. Local expert on canals, Roger Wickson, has written much of the copy together with Bob Cartwright. They are being produced by the Sign Studio in Crewe and the project has been supervised by Pam Seddon.
Over the next few days, we will be publishing some of the material on the boards on Audlem Online. We hope it will be of interest and provide some new insights into Audlem's most important attraction, the Shropshire Union canal and the fifteen Audlem Locks.
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