Monday, 2 March 2009

Hereford & Gloucester Canal at Hereford.

Old Greetings Card produced by the Herefordshire & Gloucestershire Canal Society from the 1980s.
As you can see this is the middle basin in Hereford as it appeared in the mid nineteenth century.The canal was 34 miles long with 21 locks and could accommodate boats 7'6" wide and 70' long.The canal when completed ran from Gloucester to Hereford via Newent & Ledbury.The canal was started in 1791 and by 1793 the first 3.5 miles from Over near Gloucester was complete.By 1798 the canal had almost reached Ledbury.However, the company ran out of funds and it was not until 1839 that re-building started again.The canal eventually reached Hereford in May 1845.
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