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Friends of Montgomery Canal ‘Walk & Talk’

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Left: 'Friends of Montgomery Canal' at Llanymynech Limeworks Heritage Area.

A small group joined Jeff Spencer of CPAT and Tony Beardsell, Chairman of the Llanymynech Heritage Focus Group for a guided walk in two sections on Saturday 28th October. The industrial nature of the canal (built between Welsh Frankton, Shropshire and Newtown, Powys over almost 30 years from 1794 to 1821) and its use for transporting a range of raw materials and goods (as well as passengers) during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries was explained. Its decline was caused (at least in part) by competition from the mainline railway, which arrived in the 1860s.

A tour of the Llanymynech Limeworks Heritage Area introduced everyone to this important, multi-layered landscape retaining the traces of medieval farming practices as well as post-medieval and modern quarries, tramways, inclined planes, stables, canal wharves, limekilns (including a Hoffman-type kiln, one of only 3 surviving in Great Britain) and railway embankment. For further information about the Llanymynech Limeworks Heritage Area follow this link.

The various components allowing control of water in the canal and repairs were highlighted during a wander along the Welshpool stretch. The surprising number of surviving features and buildings associated with the canal in the town was pointed out and their value to the historic character of Welshpool discussed. Since the late 1960s the considerable efforts of many enthusiast and conservation groups have led to the restoration of several stretches of the Montgomery Canal that now form a valuable amenity for the area. See also CPAT's Montgomery Canal Survey. Follow this link for further information about the Friends of the Montgomeryshire Canal.

Fore more about Llanymynech's heritage follow these links to web sites for the Llanymynech Community Project and Llanymynech's Hoffman Lime Kiln.

Jeff Spencer, October 2006

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