Bridge 2 – Ashby Canal. The Ashby Canal is a thirty one mile long canal that linked the mining area close to Moira, outside the town of Ashby-de-la-Zouch. It had been opened up in 1804, and continued to be profitable right up until the 1890s, and after that it progressively declined. About nine miles of the Ashby Canal passed through the Leicestershire coal fields, and it was seriously plagued by subsidence, which meant that the section coming from Moira, southwards to Snarestone, ended up being gradually closed, leaving just twenty two miles of navigable canal.
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