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An investigation of the changing nature of the Western end of the Kennet and Avon Canal since the early 19th century, and an evaluation of the evidence at the site and in other sources.

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An investigation of the changing nature of the Western end of the Kennet and Avon Canal since the early 19th century, and an evaluation of the evidence at the site and in other sources. Prospectus In 1970 , the Kennet and Avon canal prospectus was produced to show every body in the government what it would be like and involve. The canal would link Bristol [in the west] to London [in the east]. The reasons why the canal was going to be built are, that it was too long and too dangerous to go round the coast of the UK because of the possibility of attack from the French. The prospectus was written to persuade the authorities into supporting the canal. They made this possible by using lots of long, complicated words and diagrams used to baffle them. Work started in 1794, and was not completed until 1810. Widcombe Flights The evidence for the justification, is what was put into the prospectus that puts forward the reasons for why the canal was needed to encourage the building of the canal. ...read more.

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The artist might have done this because he didn't want the scenery to look too cluttered, and the house might have made it look ugly. The print could have been for an advert, and the artist was told to make the place look more attractive by changing the gardens about so it would look appealing. I stead of having a large trade barge, he has placed a nice little pleasure boat, to give the place a sense of class. The women in the picture are slightly over dressed but all to make them and the surroundings look more elegant. Also, if the artist was drawing the advert from the other direction , the tow path would be on the other side to what is drawn in the picture. If the artist had drawn the picture accurately, there would have been big ugly trade boats and not nice pleasure boats. I think that this interpretation of the canal was for an advertisement, to go in a paper or for a review. ...read more.

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The barge that is going under the bridge, does not appear to have any horse pulling it. Devizes Museum In the Devizes museum, there are lots of permits and artifacts to prove the questions. Boat permits are very useful because they tell us all the information about each boat that travels along the canal. It could tell us when the boat was in use, what it was carrying, how much it was carrying and its destination. The reason we can trust these documents , that the people who wrote them had no reason to lie about what they said. Apart from the boat owners might have lied about how much they had on board, to try and save money on tax. There was posters there to advertise the canal to try and convince traders to use the canal for transport. On the posters would have been lots of reasons to try and promote the canal, such as how it is cheaper, safer, does less damage to cargo and can carry bigger loads. There was also lots of other objects in the museum such as maps, horse harnesses and digging equipment. ...read more.

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