Dorset & Somerset Canal

Dorset and Somerset Canal

The Dorset and Somerset Canal was a proposed canal in the south west of England. The main line was intended to link Poole, in Dorset with the Kennet and Avon Canal near Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire. A branch was to go from the main line at Frome to the southern reaches of the Somerset coalfield at Nettlebridge. Construction of the branch started in 1786, using boat lifts rather than locks to cope with changes of level, but the company ran out of money, and the canal was abandoned in 1803, never to be completed.

Coleford Aqueduct
Coleford Aqueduct

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Here you can read Joseph Priestly's 1831 description of the canal from his Historical Account of the Navigable Rivers and Canals and Railways of Great Britain.