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Liskeard & Looe Union Canal

Description: Was a 5 mile 7 furlong, 25 locks, broad canal from Terras Pill, Looe, Cornwall, to Moorswater near Liskeard used to carry lime and sea-sand.

History: Authorised by an Act of 1825, fully open in 1828, closed around 1910.

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

January 1777

Edmund Leach

He was consulted on the possibility of a canal and proposed a canal from Sandplace, 2miles above East Looe, to Bank Mill bridge, 2.5 miles from Liskeard. He estimated it would cost 17,495 for a 15-mile canal with two inclined planes.

January 1823

James Green

He was called in to advise on the making of a canal, railway and turnpike road, all of which he said were possible. On the question of a canal he ruled against locks and recommended a tub-boat canal with inclined planes at an estimated cost of 14,000.

January 1823

Robert Coad

He re-surveyed the proposed route with John Edgcumbe and Thomas Esterbrooke.

Late January 1823

John Edgcumbe

Resurveyed the line of the canal with Robert Coad and Thomas Esterbrook, estimating the cost at 12,578.

Late January 1823

Thomas Esterbrook

Resurveyed the line of the canal with Robert Coad and John Edgcumbe, estimating the cost at 12,578.

Early September 1823

James Green

He asked to prepare a report to support the planned Bill for the authorisation of the canal.

January 1825

Authorised by an Act.

January 1825

Robert Coad

Was engineer for the canal.

January 1828

Fully open.

January 1858

Silvanus W Jenkin

He was engineer for the railway line that the canal company were builing alongside the navigation.

January 1910

Closed around 1910.

 

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