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Derby canal, Shelton Lock and Lock keepers Cottage, Shelton Lock, Derby, c 1935

The Derby Canal was commissioned in 1793 and Benjamin Outram was appointed engineer. When the canal was opened in 1796, it was 14 miles long, and ran from a junction with the Erewash Canal at Sandiacre to a junction with the Trent and Mersey Canal at Swarkestone. The Derby Canal once ran though Shelton Lock and as you can see here, it became dilapidated, though boats can be seen in the distance us…