The Radstock Branch of the Somersetshire Coal Canal

The Radstock Branch of the Somersetshire Coal Canal
Published by the Radtock Midsomer Norton & District Museum Society in 2001, 26 pages. A5 size slim booklet (N7722)

From the inside front cover: Canal history has inspired many people over the years. One of the more romantic aspects of the Industrial Revolution, they have caught the imagination of artists, poets and historians alike. The Somersetshire Coal Canal is no exception and there has been much research and writing on the subject in recent years. However, this has tended to concentrate on the northern branch of the canal. In this, our fourth special issue, Chris Handley and Roger Halse redress the balance by looking at the less successful Radstock branch. Chris looks at its origins and development as a tramway through to its demise with the arrival of the railways, while Roger concentrates on the significance of the route for transporting coal to markets beyond the coalfield.

Sections include: In the Beginning, the Radstock Basin, The Boats Traders and Water, Woodborough Basin, The Radstock Tramway, the Remains, the Coal Trade via Canal and Tramway, Midford Basin and Hilperton Wharf.

The condition of the booklet is generally very good. The cover is clean and tidy, the staple spine is intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.