Canal and Railway Mania - its effect on Kingsclere

 


 

Canal construction in Britain began in earnest in the 17th century and the success of the early coal carrying canals prompted proposals to build a vast network of canals throughout the country. In particular the canals built in rural areas failed to live up to their promoter's promises as trade failed to develop and competition grew, first of all from the turnpikes and then from the railways.

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