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Book Description
This canal map shows the Ellesmere Canal which was a waterway in England and Wales that was planned to carry boat traffic between the rivers Mersey and Severn. The proposal would create a link between the Port of Liverpool and the mineral industries in north east Wales and the manufacturing centres in the West Midlands. Sadly, the canal was never completed as intended because of its rising costs and failure to generate the expected commercial traffic. Only certain sections were completed; these were eventually incorporated into the Chester Canal, Montgomery Canal and Shropshire Union Canal. As part of the rebranding of Britain's industrial waterways as leisure destinations, the surviving central section is now called the Llangollen Canal; the amusing irony of this that historically its builders had no intention of sending boat traffic to Llangollen. Later hand colouring to define the area, elements (such as rivers and locks) and reach of the canal itself. Town designated with a small open cross. Compass, scale and title cartouche with coloured highlights. Approx. 20.5 x 26.5 cm plus margins. Card mount.
Author Joseph Mutlow
Date Dated 1795
Publisher John Stockdale, London
Illustrator Joseph Mutlow

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