James Powell’s Evidence to Parliament (Part 6)

James Powell’s Evidence to Parliament (Part 6)
  • Title: James Powell’s Evidence to Parliament (Part 6)

  • Date : 7 June 1830

  • Catalogue number : Parliamentary Archives HL/PO/JO/10/8/913 p.48

  • 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. 

  • Transcript:

    Q: Can you tell us whether any water at all would be taken from Mr Blakemore’s Works by means of the communication between the two Canals
    A: If it occasioned more boats to pass
    Q: Lord Bute’s Canal will be upon a higher lever wherever any communication takes place between the two Canals will not it throw a supply of water into the Glamorganshire Canal
    A: It must