The Canals of Rowington and Lapworth

30th April 2019 @ 7:45 pm – 9:45 pm
Lapworth Village Hall

A talk by Nick Holmes
Note: this talk replaces the planned talk on Joseph Chamberlain.  Unfortunately our speaker for this talk is no longer available
At the height of the canal mania in the 1790s, Warwick and Stratford-upon-Avon realised that without their own canal they were in danger of losing out on the new efficient means of transporting heavy goods, especially the fuel that powered the Industrial Revolution – Coal.
This talk covers the early history of the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal and the Warwick and Birmingham Canal by looking at their construction as they passed through the parishes of Lapworth and Rowington.
Two specific topics are used as illustration:
  • The story of Philip Henry Witton, the Clerk Accountant of the Warwick and Birmingham Canal Company who rose to become its Engineer gives an insight into the day to day workings of an c18th Canal Company and the innovation and invention that characterised the early canal builders.
  • And the story of the link that was built at Kingswood to join the two canals illustrates the rivalry between competing canal companies and the disputes over water


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