James Powell’s Evidence to Parliament (Part 1)

James Powell’s Evidence to Parliament (Part 1)
  • Title: James Powell’s Evidence to Parliament (Part 1)

  • Date : 7 June 1830

  • Catalogue number : Parliamentary Archives HL/PO/JO/10/8/913 p.43

  • 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. 

    Continue to part 2...

  • Transcript:

    Mr James Powell is called in and examined by Mr Whately as follows:
    Q: Are you one of the agents of the Melin Griffith Works
    A: I am
    Q: Were you employed as Agent at those Works in 1825 and 1826
    A: Yes I was
    Q: During the Summers of those years were the works stopped at any time for want of water?
    A: Yes
    Q: For how long
    A: Upwards of 26 weeks in the two years
    Q: Are the Melin Griffith Works and the Penturch Works upon an extensive Scale
    A: Yes
    Q: How many hundred persons may be employed there
    A: About 600
    Q: Do you mean persons actually employed
    A: Yes
    Q: You do not take in their families
    A: No
    Q: They have large families in that part of the Country