Tixall Wide

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Tixall Wide
A view of Tixall Wide
Tixall Wide
Coordinates52°48′07″N 2°01′30″W / 52.802°N 2.025°W / 52.802; -2.025Coordinates: 52°48′07″N 2°01′30″W / 52.802°N 2.025°W / 52.802; -2.025
TypeWidened canal
Primary inflowsStaffordshire and Worcestershire Canal
Primary outflowsStaffordshire and Worcestershire Canal

Tixall Wide, also known as Tixall Broad[1] or The Broad Water,[2] is a body of water that forms part of the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal near Tixall in Staffordshire, England, to the south of the former Tixall Hall.[3]

The lake was probably created during the construction of the canal in 1771. At that time, the hall was owned by Thomas Clifford, the fourth son of Hugh Clifford, 3rd Baron Clifford of Chudleigh, and the grounds had been designed on the advice of the landscape architect Lancelot "Capability" Brown.[1] It is said Clifford "gave permission for the canal to pass through his land on the condition that it was made ... wide enough to look like a lake from the house".[1] and thus in order not to spoil the view.[4]

The towpath is a very popular overnight mooring spot. Boaters moored here, or just passing through, have an excellent view of the magnificent Elizabethan gatehouse that is the only remaining part of Tixall Hall.

It has also been suggested that the canal was routed to utilise a lake that already existed, in which the angler and writer Izaak Walton had learned to fish.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Martin, Katie (13 June 2008). "The History of Tixall,". BBC. Retrieved 13 August 2010.
  2. ^ "OS 1:25000 map". Retrieved 17 August 2010.
  3. ^ Pitt, William (1817). A Topographical History of Staffordshire. p. 297.
  4. ^ "History of the Canal". Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal society. Archived from the original on 14 August 2010.
  5. ^ Pearson, Michael (2007). Pearson's Canal Companion: Four Counties Ring (8th ed.). Central Waterways Supplies. p. 31. ISBN 978-0-9549116-8-3.