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Waterways of Cornwall

Navigable Rivers and Canals within Cornwall

Bude Canal

Waterway's place in Cornwall :

A canal entirely within Cornwall.

Waterway Description:

Runs from the Sea Lock at Bude, one and a quarter miles, to Rodd's Bridge Lock, which is now closed.

History:

promoted by Acts of 1774 and 1819, opened (except for Druxton Branch which opened in 1825) in 1823 and closed by an Act of 1891.

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Helston Canal project

Waterway's place in Cornwall :

A proposed canal that was to be entirely within Cornwall.

Waterway Description:

Robert Fulton's idea for a 14 mile tub-boat canal across Cornwall from The Helford River to The Hayle River.

History:

Proposed in the summer of 1796 but never authorised or built.

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Liskeard & Looe Union Canal

Waterway's place in Cornwall :

An abandoned canal that ran entirely within Cornwall.

Waterway 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.

For more details see the Waterway details page.

Padstow - Lostwithiel Scheme

Waterway's place in Cornwall :

A proposed Cornish canal.

Waterway Description:

A scheme for a canal from the north to the south coast of Cornwall, between the Wadebridge River and the River Fowey.

History:

Proposed in 1793. A forerunner of the Polbrock Canal Project.

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Par Canal

Waterway's place in Cornwall :

An abandoned Cornish canal.

Waterway Description:

Was a 1 mile 7 furlong canal with 3 locks from a tramroad at Pontsmill to Par harbour, in St Austell Bay, Cornwall.

History:

Opened in 1847 for the carriage of tin, lead ore and china clay transhipped in containers onto boats from a tramway. Closed in 1873.

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Parnall's Canal

Waterway's place in Cornwall :

An abandoned Cornish canal.

Waterway Description:

Was a half mile canal at the Carlaze tin mine near St Austell, Cornwall. It included a tunnel into the mine,

History:

Built about 1720, closed in 1732 due to a tunnel fall.

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Polbrock Canal

Waterway's place in Cornwall :

A proposed Cornish canal.

Waterway Description:

A proposal for a canal from Polbrock, near Bodmin, Cornwall, to Padstow.

History:

Authorised by an Act of 1797 but no work done.

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Retyn and East Wheal Rose scheme

Waterway's place in Cornwall :

A proposed Cornish canal.

Waterway Description:

A short lived scheme to build a canal from the River Gannel above Newquay to Retyn, near St Enoder. with a branch to serve the East Wheal Rose lead and silver mine.

History:

Was proposed in 1821 but never authorised or built.

For more details see the Waterway details page.

River Fowey

Waterway's place in Cornwall :

The river is entirely within Cornwall.

Waterway Description:

This tidal river is navigable for 7 miles at Fowey, Cornwall.

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River Tamar

Waterway's place in Cornwall :

The whole river forms the boundary between Devon and Cornwall.

Waterway Description:

This tidal river runs 19 miles from Weir Head to Plymouth, where it enters Plymouth Harbour and the English Channel

For more details see the Waterway details page.

St. Columb Canal

Waterway's place in Cornwall :

An abandoned Cornish tub boat canal.

Waterway Description:

Intended as a 13 mile tub-boat canal from the sea at Mawgan Porth inland to Columb Major then back to the sea at Lower St. Columb Porth. Two lengths of 4.5 and 2 miles with inclined planes were built.

History:

Authorised by an Act of 1773, opened between 1777 and 1779, closed about 1781.

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Tamar Manure Navigation

Waterway's place in Cornwall :

Much of the navigation was to be in Cornwall but some of it consisted of improvements to the River Tamar on the Devon border.

Waterway Description:

Intended as a river improvement Morwellham to Blanchdown and a tub-boat canal on to Tamerton bridge on the River Bude but only improvements to a 2.75 miles, 1 lock, stretch of the Tamar were completed.

History:

Authorised by an Act of 1796. Ceased to be navigable in 1929.

For more details see the Waterway details page.

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