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Beam Aqueduct

By Arvorphoto    
Following on from yesterday's upload, this was a short walk north on the old railway line from Torrington towards Bideford (now the Tarka Trail) and I was quite surprised to find a viaduct. Ideally, it would be better with early morning sunshine on it which would mean April - August time.

Investigation found that it was originally an aqueduct for the Rolle Canal before eventually becoming an access road to Beam House

Construction started in 1823 and the primary function of the canal was to import limestone from Wales to be burnt with coal, also imported, at inland kilns to make lime fertiliser which would greatly increase the fertility, and thus the value, of agricultural land. Marland Clay, mined south of Torrington, was to be exported via the seaport of Bideford, at the estuary of the River Torridge, for the making of bricks.
More generally the canal was to link the industrial mills at Great Torrington, some of which were owned by Lord Rolle, to the seaport of Bideford on the River Torridge.
James Green was employed as the lead engineer. In 1871 the canal was closed and sold to the London and South Western Railway to form the trackway of the proposed new railway from Bideford to Torrington. At one point the railway company wished to abandon the project but at Mark Rolle's insistence the railway was built. The track followed the canal in several stretches, not sitting within the former canal but on elevated ground beside it.


Processing: Lightroom/Photoshop

As always, many thanks to those of you who have taken the time to look, vote, comment.
Please feel free to offer critique. Another viewpoint is always welcome. Also feel free to ask any questions about the image


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Comments


ColleenA Plus
9 500 7 Australia
28 Oct 2021 8:24AM
Great info,…excellent shot
Daisymaye Plus
13 23 20 Canada
28 Oct 2021 2:12PM
A lovely image and very interesting write up.

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