ST1021 : Thorne St Margaret: Wellisford inclined plane

taken 12 years ago, near to Thorne st Margaret, Somerset, Great Britain

Thorne St Margaret: Wellisford inclined plane
Thorne St Margaret: Wellisford inclined plane
Here the Grand Western Canal ascended 81 feet from the river Tone flood plain on a gradient of 1 in 5.5. Canal boats were raised on cradles, travelling on rails; a descending boat aiding the machinery lifting the ascending boat through gravity. The engineer James Green miscalculated the power needed to raise an 8-ton barge and its load when there was no descending traffic. He ceased to be the canalís engineer in 1836 and was bankrupt in 1837. It was found necessary to install a 12-hp steam engine to work the incline which was eventually abandoned in 1867 when this section of the canal, from Taunton to Loudwells, near Greenham, closed
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Sunday, 25 September, 2005   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 25 September, 2005
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Canal   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 102 216 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:59.2064N 3:16.8451W
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OSGB36: geotagged! ST 101 216
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