The Ellesmere Canal
When The Duke of Bridgewater and his associates got together in a local hostelry they decided that Ellesmere could become the hub of a new canal network connecting the Midlands with the River Mersey so they raised over a £1million pounds in one day (a lot of money today, even more so in 1791) and the Llangollen canal was born.
Thomas Telford, Shropshire's greatest engineer, was commissioned to design and oversee its creation. Based in his office at Beech House in Ellesmere the designs flowed and soon his tunnels, wharfs, moorings and locks became a reality. And his 'rivers in the sky' at Chirk and Pontcysyllte are still unsurpassed.
Ellesmere has not stood still, for today there is a new marina, overnight moorings and new wharf side developments that offer much to attract the passing boater. And as the canal is only a few short steps from the town centre there's no excuse not to call in and stock up on provisions and maybe a pint too!