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Bridgwater and Taunton Canal

Description of Bridgwater and Taunton Canal: Runs from Taunton to Bridgwater Docks. The canal has been restored although there are several bridges which obstruct navigation and reduce the statutory headroom.

History of Bridgwater and Taunton Canal: Promoted under Acts of 1811 as the Bristol & Taunton Canal. In 1824 an Act passed to renew the powers under the 1811Act. Extension fom Huntworth and Bridgwater Dock construction promoted under an Act of 1837. Bridgwater Dock opened in 1841.
For more details see the History page.

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Lock Sizes and maximum craft dimensions of Bridgwater and Taunton Canal: Length 50 foot, beam 9 foot 10 inches. NOTE: For more details of maximum lock and craft sizes and the basis of these figures see Craft and Lock Sizes Page

Bridgwater and Taunton Canal: Table of distances

Miles

Locks

Navigable (N)

Grid ref

OS Map No

Firepool Lock No 1, Taunton

Junction with River Tone

0

1

N

ST236254

997

Bathpool

1.8

1

N

ST254260

999

Creech St Michael

3

1

N

ST272255

999

Maunsell Top Lock No 2

6.8

2

N

ST307293

997

Maunsell Bottom Lock No 3

7

3

N

ST308296

997

North Newton

8

3

N

ST302311

997

Kings Lock No 4

8.3

4

N

ST305313

997

Standards Lock No 5

9

5

N

ST316317

997

Ford Gate

9.8

5

N

ST321326

997

Huntworth

Village half a mile to the west of the bridge

11

5

N

ST318343

997

Bridgwater (A38) road bridge

12.9

5

N

ST300364

997

Bridgwater Lock No 6

Entrance to Bridgwater Dock. End of the canal.

14

6

N

ST295374

997

River Parrett Lock

Junction with River Parrett Exit from Bridgwater Dock to River Parrett.

14.3

7

N

ST299375

997

NOTE: N and U in the Navigable column above indicates that the node is navigable or unnavigable. If a D appears here it means that navigation is difficult or restricted to smaller craft.

 

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