Somerset Industrial Archaeological Society - The Somerset Coal Canal

Taunton Baptist Church Hall, 19 Silver Street, Taunton, TA1 3DH

22 Nov 2021

Somerset Industrial Archaeological Society - The Somerset Coal Canal

Description

The Somersetshire Coal Canal was authorised by an Act of Parliament in 1794. It was promoted by the mine owners of the North Somerset coalfields as a cheaper means of transporting coal to their markets in Bath and Wiltshire. The canal became one of the most successful in the country. This prosperity was soon halted by the coming of the railways. In 1904 the abandoned canal was sold to the Great Western Railway, who built the Camerton to Limpley Stoke railway line over much of its course. Even these railways have now closed. Many of the canal structures remain today: aqueducts, bridges, locks and much of the course of the canal itself. At its junction with the Kennet & Avon canal at Dundas, the first 500yards has been restored and is used as moorings.


Opening Hours

Monday 22nd November 2021
7.30pm 

 

Pricing

Attendance at meetings is free for SIAS members. Non-members are most welcome, and a £3 fee per talk is payable. Full details of talks and membership may be found on the SIAS website www.sias.me.uk

Please note: Taunton Baptist Church Hall is SIAS’s ‘pre-pandemic’ venue. If circumstances dictate then this talk will revert to online Zoom, for which the same charge for non-members applies. Anyone wishing to attend is advised to check the website www.sias.me.uk beforehand.


 

Contact

Somerset Industrial Archaeological Society - The Somerset Coal Canal
Taunton Baptist Church Hall
19 Silver Street
Taunton
Somerset
TA1 3DH
United Kingdom


T: 07736 374003

E: peter.daniel51@btinternet.com

W: sias.me.uk



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