James Powell’s Evidence to Parliament (Part 3)

James Powell’s Evidence to Parliament (Part 3)
  • Title: James Powell’s Evidence to Parliament (Part 3)

  • Date : 7 June 1830

  • Catalogue number : Parliamentary Archives HL/PO/JO/10/8/913 p.45

  • Description :

    Richard Blakemore petitioned Parliament for the right to be heard by the Opposed Bill Committee on the Bute Ship Canal, but did not give evidence directly.  James Powell, one of the agents at the Melingriffith Works, gave evidence on his behalf.

    As the other evidence found by our group suggested, Richard Blakemore’s concern was relating to the Glamorganshire Canal Company’s use of water from the River Taff which the Melingriffith Works depended on in order to power its machinery.  This is reflected in the evidence of Powell, which discusses the impact lack of water has had on the Works in the past, and how he believes construction of the Bute Canal will affect the Works in the future.

    A transcript of James Powell’s evidence is available.  Please click ‘Transcript’, above. 

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  • Transcript:

    A: I have a memorandum
    A: Was not that somewhere about the thing – less than 30 Locks per day would supply the Lockage necessary for the Trade
    A: I believe it is so
    Q: At the time Mr Blakemore was suffering the inconvenience occasioned by the Glamorganshire Canal Company in taking away the water, the water necessary for the Trade was only thirty or thirty-five Locks in the 24 hours.
    A: According to the boats that passed
    Q: Is that the time they were taking 568
    A: Yes
    Q: Will the increased Trade that will happen to Mr Blakemore when Lord Bute’s Canal is made require any alteration in the construction of the Glamorganshire Canal as it at present stands