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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1808 edition. Excerpt: ...;the coUieries at Wednesbury, which soon materially lpwered the price of coal, though now, by t)ie extension of the canals, it is nearly at its former price. Trje expence was about 70,OOOl. divided into shares qf 1401. eacji, of which no one; can purchase more than ten; in 17g2, the price pf shares was 3701. and in 1792, 11701. eachTJjp proprietors fook a perpetual lease of six acres pf land pf Sir Thomas Gooch, Barf, at 471. per annum, on which a wharf is erected, and in the front a handsome office for the dispatch of business. In 1772 this cut was extended to Autherly, jyhence.there is a communication fp the Severn, and thereby to Shrewsbury, GJpee$er, Bristol,-and with the Trent to Gainsborough, Hull, and Bristol. From this canal there is likewise a juncfipn vith the Grand Bine, running along the Potteries in Staffordshire, apd thence extending tp Manchester and Liverpool; thus conveying the jenanufactures of Birmingham a,nd its vicinity, entirely by water carriage, to the principal ports of the British Qcesw, the Jrish.Sea, and St.George's Channel. A communication from tl,eBirmingham canal is also opened by Fazely, to Tamworth, polesworth, Atherstone, Nuneaton, and Coventry; and from the lower part of the town, a canal is cut to Warwicji, which communicates with the Stratford canal, and so on to Banbury and Oxford:--thence by canal, or the Thames, to London; thereby obtaining a navigable conveyance to the S. E. extremity of the kingdom, and diffusing as it were from a centre, in four grand and opposite points, the various products of British industry, to be dispersed from her chief ports amongst the inhabitants of every clime; thus raising, in every known region of the globe, a perpetual monument of the commercial superiority of the...
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