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Canal

Post Medieval 1540 to 1900

The Post Medieval waterways network, changed the face of the countryside. The inland waterways allowed goods in for trade, carrying sand and improved farm land. Canals got heavy goods inland before railways could. 

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Bude Canal

The Bude Canal, built between 1819 and 1826, extends 35 miles inland from Bude. It was, used to transport sea sand, coal and slate. It became the first canal in the UK and second in the world to use water-powered tub-boat inclines. It also had the most inclined planes of any waterway.

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