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English & Bristol Channel canal schemes

Description: Various schemes for linking the English & Bristol Channels that were proposed but never built.

History: The first scheme started in 1768 when a group of from Taunton asked James Brindley to survey a route.The last scheme was originated by Thomas Telford in 1825 and was still being advocated as late as 1869.

January 1769

Robert Whitworth

He looked at a proposal for a canal from the Parrett near Langport to Seaton, but not connecting to the sea there.

January 1793

Josiah Easton

Surveyed a line from the English Channel at Axmouth near Seaton through Axminster, Chard, Ilminster, Creech St Michael, Bridgwater, Huntspill and Backwell near Nailsea.

 

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