Shropshire Routes to Roots
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4. The local infrastructure
Using the information below, trace the course of the Morda Tramway on an Ordnance Survey map from Morda to Gronwen Bridge.
The Morda Tramway
Although the new technology of the canal highway opened up a much wider market to the mines of Morda and Llanymynech there was still the problem of getting the Coal and Limestone to the canal.
Whilst Coal was being loaded and other goods unloaded for local consumption, the Limestone barges were passing by from the wharf at Llanymynech. This area took on the air of a very busy dock with the constant movement of boats and vehicles.
It is so different today, with the present day wharf used by pleasure barge users seeking tea and refreshment during the summer months.
The shape of things to come
In 1860 Thomas Savin constructed a wider gauge railway (Opens in a new window) from the mine at Coed-y-Go down to the main line of the Cambrian Railway at Whitehaven. It was only a first step in the withdrawal from canal transport but, as always, if anything can be made or moved in a cheaper fashion - it will be. The railways caused an instant loss of certain types of cargo and also depressed prices, but canals could still compete for low value bulk cargoes.
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