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Victorian transport
around Welshpool
  Horses, carts, boats and trains...  
The photograph
opposite shows a
canal boat at the

Welshpool Wharf
on the
Montgomeryshire Canal around 1902.
Towards the end of the 18th century the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution meant that new ways of transporting raw materials and manufactured products were needed.
The roads of the time, particularly in Wales, were very bad, and there were demands for a network of inland waterways like those already working in many parts of Europe. This led to the great age of canal building in Britain from around 1761 to 1816.
Canals then played a vital part in the commercial transport of the first thirty years or so of the Victorian period, but they were to lose most of their trade with the coming of the steam railways around 1861.
Canal boat at Welshpool
The Montgomeryshire Canal
The Turnpike roads
The railways
The Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway

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