SX9290 : The Exeter canal

taken 9 years ago, near to Alphington, Devon, Great Britain

The Exeter canal
The Exeter canal
In 1280, Countess Isabella of Devon restricted the flow of shipping to the port at Exeter when she built a weir to power her mills. By 1310, Hugh de Courtenay had completely blocked the river, cutting Exeter off from the sea. Despite Exeter's requests to the King for permission to re-open navigation, it was only in 1540 that permission was finally granted - it was too late, as the river had silted up.
In 1663, John Trew of Glamorgan was engaged to build a canal and thus bypass Countess Weir. It cost 5,000 and was 2,850m long, 1m deep and 5m wide. It was not until 1821, that steps were taken to turn the canal into a reliable waterway. The canal was widened, and then lengthened by James Green, the County Surveyor to be opened on 19th April 1825 by the Mayor.
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Date Taken
Monday, 29 December, 2008   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 22 January, 2010
Category
Canal   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SX 929 903 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:42.1583N 3:31.0195W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SX 929 903
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South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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