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Bath and Bristol Canal


[early 19th century]

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Part of a series of projects that would have linked London to Exeter, the Bath & Bristol Canal was surveyed by John Rennie during 1810. Running from the top of Bath locks, the canal would have linked the Kennet & Avon Canal to Bristol, where another canal would link to the River Tone at Taunton to join the Grand Western Canal. The Bath & Bristol Canal obtained an Act in 1811 but work was never undertaken, although the Bristol to Taunton section was to evolve into the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal. For more details, see 'The Canals of South-West England' by Charles Hadfield.

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