James Powell's Evidence to Parliament (Part 1)
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.