which has built a lively and interesting site devoted entirely to this minor and largely abandoned navigation. The canal had one unique feature, Robert Weldon's boat lift, usually called a caisson lock, which lowered and raised boats sixty feet. This is well covered on the site with pictures and text, historical accounts and modern excavations all detailed. Books, events, membership, news, a short history and walking the canal are also covered in a good balance of words and images. If like me you view web pages over a dial-up line you will be pleased to know that you will not have to wait while dozens of graphics files are downloaded. Many developers seem to use high speed internet links and never consider how long it takes to load pages over standard telephone lines. The Somersetshire Coal Canal Society have not made this error and have produced a site that demonstrates that good web design is about access to information not flashy gismos. You may have to wait for some pictures to appear but its worth the wait and there is plenty to read in the meantime.
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