Free exhibition on the hidden history of Bude Canal
Organisers of a free exhibition about the Bude Canal invited
people to bring photographs, artefacts and even their memories
to add to the catalogue of information about this historic
The exhibition entitled 'Hidden History' was
organised jointly by the Bude Canal & Harbour Society,
the Bude Canal Trust and North Cornwall District Council's
Coast & Countryside Service. It focused on the building
of the whole canal system, the artefacts that can still be
seen and with the help of local landowners, a series of walks
based on the canal's route to allow people to better
appreciate its history.
The exhibition was open from 10 am – 4 pm on Saturday
19th and Sunday 20th November at the Parkhouse Centre, Bude.
Tim Dingle from the district council explains: "We
hope that the local people will play a part as well. We want
them to come along and tell us about any artefacts that may
still be around like mile posts, bound stones and tub boat
wheels, as well as photographs or any papers associated with
the canal. We don't want to take this memorabilia away
from the owners but we are keen to put together a catalogue
of as much as possible so that there is a good understanding
of what still exists. The Bude Canal had a huge impact on
the town and surrounding countryside in the early nineteenth
century. Digging, burrowing and building was everywhere on
a scale which is hard to imagine today."
One of the reasons for building a canal was to give employment
to men coming home from the Napoleonic Wars. With about 500
men employed on construction in 1820, it certainly did that.
However, it was for economic reasons that shareholders parted
with their money.
The engineer James Green was well-respected and he told
a convincing tale of profits to be made, as well as the benefits
for the landowners in bringing lime rich sand to the poor
The incline planes, with their noisy wheel pits and chains,
the unique sea lock at Bude, and the innovative tub boats
on wheels meant that today, the Bude Canal system is considered
the fourth most important historic canal in the country.
North Cornwall District Council is one of the partner organisations
currently progressing a multi-million pound project to regenerate
the canal. Visitors to the exhibition had the opportunity
to comment on the regeneration proposals and influence the
future shape of the project.
For further information please contact Tim Dingle on 01208
265645 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in the Bude Canal Regeneration
Project through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
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