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1786-7 The Ketley Canal was constructed, running about 1.5 miles from Oakengates to Ketley Iron Works. It featured the first inclined plane in Britain. The Shropshire Canal, at its summit level, connected with the Ketley Canal.
By 1818 the incline was out of use
After closure of the Ketley ironworks, the canal continued to serve a coal wharf near Ketley Hall
1880s Finally abandoned.