The Beginning Travel River or Canal River or Canal 1755-74 Financing The Stroudwater Navigation Stroudwater Canal Act Stroudwater Triumphant Stroudwater Triumphant II A New Canal Thames & Severn Thames & Severn Canal Problems 20th Century
In the 18th century, a horse could pull (at best) a 1-ton load in a wagon. So even the prospect of better roads under the TurnpikeTrusts did not solve the problem of moving bulk goods like coal, stone, timber and grain.

However, the same horse could pull up to 30 tons in a barge on water. Linking Stroud and the River Severn by water was therefore, a great step forward....

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CM 2315 28 Thames and Severn Canal, Chalford late C19th