200 YEARS OF THE LANCASTER CANAL


200 YEARS OF THE LANCASTER CANAL

GORDON BIDDLE    Book Number: 91224    Product format: Hardback

Rapid industrialisation in the 18th century led to a demand for safer and faster transport, and at the height of the canal era in 1840 there were some 4,000 miles of inland navigation in Britain, though the arrival of railway transport mid-century initiated a slow decline. A cross-country canal linking the Ribble and the Aire was proposed as early as 1766, but the demand for a north-south waterway led to the plan for the Lancaster Canal, running from Westhoughton near Wigan to Kendal in the north, with 225 road bridges, 22 aqueducts, and a total of 75 miles in length. Disputes with the Leeds & Liverpool canal led to compromises on the route but in 1792 the company was incorporated and construction began. This pictorial history takes the reader up to the present day campaign to restore navigation to the whole length of the historic canal. One of the most spectacular features was the Lune aqueduct, carried 50 feet high on five arches beneath an elegant balustraded parapet and pictured here with technical drawings and archive photos from 1969. One of the most complex aqueducts was that at Capernwray, where one wall contains a pipe passing under the canal bed discharging water onto the overshot wheel of a corn mill. Other architectural features include a weighbridge house at the foot of Walton summit incline, where the canal was split into three parallel basins with tramroad tracks between them, the Hincaster tunnel with an iron stanchion for the hauling chain, and the wooden lift bridges in Preston basin. A fascinating pictorial record and meticulously researched history. 168pp, numerous colour and archive photos.
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