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Author Name    E A Wilson.

Title   The Elllesmere and Llangollen Canal: An historical Background.

Binding   Hardcover

Book Condition   Very Good

Jacket Condition   Very Good

Edition   First Edition.

Publisher    Phillimore. 1975

ISBN Number    0850331099 / 9780850331097

Seller ID   011349

A very good 148 page hardback book without inscriptions or other marks. Minimal shelfwear, DJ is a tad yellowed. 13 chapters, appendices, bibliography, index. 32 plates, 21 figures. In 1792, the year of the 'canal mania', an Act of Parliament was obtained for the construction of the Ellesmere Canal. The entire Ellesmere and Llangollen scheme was not finally completed until, after serious set-backs and modifications, the 1820s. In its heyday, it formed an essential link in the Birmingham Mersey waterways, and served local mining, quarrying and agricultural interests. Thomas Telford, originally a stone-mason, was known as a designer of bridges and public buildings when, as County Surveyor for Shropshire, he became involved with the canal. Although William Jessop was the chief engineer it was not long before Telford was appointed engineer in charge of the practical side of the work and suddenly had to learn the techniques of canal-building. Shropshire was the chief centre of the iron industry at the time and he soon began to use iron, constructing the first large iron-trough aqueduct in the world on this canal. The canal began at the hamlet of Netherpool on the Mersey and this section proved so successful that Netherpool was renamed 'Ellesmere Port'. Commercial development was also considerable around the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Ruabon; but the remainder of the canal was largely at the service of the farmers, carrying large quantities of lime for their land. Competition from the railways in the second half of the 19th century led to the abandonment of the canal, as with so many others; but now, after many years of neglect, it has been re-opened for use by an increasing amount of pleasure traffic and this book based on more than 20 years of study and research by the author will be of equal interest to the canal cruising public and to the student of industrial history and archaeology. Much of Mr. Wilson's material, included here, is based on his own field work and is published for the first time.

Price = 20.00 GBP

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