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Swansea Canal
  From the canal age to the steam age  
Photograph of aqueduct over the River Giedd from the collection of the late John Morris of Ystradgynlais.
At one time Britain had a large network of working canals, most of which were built in the 1790's - well before Victoria became Queen in 1837.
But the Victorians were able to put them to very good use in carrying the coal, iron, timber and other goods which were in great demand as industry rapidly expanded during the 19th century.
The new steam railways were to take over most of the canal trade during the 1850s and 1860s.
Canal aqueduct
A new link with the coastal port
A busy start for the canal
Horses and boats
Trade lost to the railways
The canal in decline
From waterway to roadway

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