200 Years of the Lancaster Canal- A Pictorial History

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200 Years of the Lancaster Canal- A Pictorial History

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2019 marks the 200th anniversary of the completion of the Lancaster Canal from Wigan to Kendal. Designed by the celebrated engineer John Ronnie, it is notable for a large number of aqueducts, including the magnificent Lune Aqueduct at Lancaster. A large aqueduct across the Ribble Valley at Preston was never built, leaving the canal in two sections connected by a temporary horse tramroad which became permanent. Consequently the 57 miles from Preston to Kendal remained isolated until 2006, when it was connected to the main network via the Ribble estuary. Before the railways were built the canal was unique in running a highly efficient passenger service and for several years actually took over a main line railway company. In 1947 the final 15 miles to Kendal were closed and partly drained. This book examines the history of the waterway, its powerful effect on the 18-19th century economy of north Lancashire and south Cumbria, the canal as it is today and the offers being made to restore it.

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Stock Code P0434.0
Author Biddle G
ISBN13 9781526704344
Height(mm) 282
Width(mm) 216
Page Count 168
Pictures 200
Publication Date 30 Apr 2018
Publisher PEN & SWORD
Publication Status Not yet printed