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English & Bristol Channels Ship Canal

Description: From Stolford to Beer.

History: Authorised in 1825 but no work carried out.

See Priestley's Navigable Rivers and Canals for more information.

January 1768

James Brindley

He was asked by a group of Taunton men to survey a line for an inter-channel canal but the survey was done by his assistant, Robert Whitworth.

January 1768

Robert Whitworth

He did a survey after James Brindley, for whom he was an assistant, was asked by a group of Taunton men to survey a line for an inter-channel canal.

January 1810

John Rennie

W Bond and J Dean surveyed the line of the canal under his direction.

January 1810

W Bond

Together with J Dean he surveyed the line of the canal under Rennie's direction.

January 1810

J Dean

Together with W Bond he surveyed the line of the canal under Rennie's direction.

January 1823

W Bond

He and J Dean oppose a rival tub boat canal, proposed by James Green, as an alternative to Rennie's plans for a ship canal.

January 1823

J Dean

He and W Bond oppose a rival tub boat canal, proposed by James Green, as an alternative to Rennie's plans for a ship canal.

January 1824

James Green

He took part in a survey of the route, under the leadership of Thomas Telford, and signed the plans.

Mid August 1824

Thomas Telford

He published a preliminary report on the scheme.

December 1824

Thomas Telford

He issued the full report of his survey, conducted with George Nicholls and James Green, proposing a 15 feet deep ship canal from Storford to Beer, through Creech St Michael, Ilminster and Chard, with 30 locks taking 200 ton ships.The estimated cost was 1,712,844 including two harbours.

Autumn January 1825

James Green

He surveyed a line for the Taunton branch of the canal.

 

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