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Category: History

River Lea, the Smeaton Plan – Part Two

Location: River Lea Part One of the River Lea history can be found here. The Problems Now, since the New River was built for water extraction in 1633 there were three groups of people who had primary interests in the River Lea. They were the millers, the watermen and the water extraction company. Of course there were disagreements when they...

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Duke of Bridgewater

Location: History, Wosley, Manchester The Duke of Bridgewater, the man who is said to have started the canal mania that swept Britain from late 17th century to the mid 18th century. His proper name was Francis Egerton, 3rd Duke of Bridgewater. He was the seventh and last born child of his parents. His mother was Lady Rachel Russell and his...

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