James Powell’s Evidence to Parliament (Part 5)

James Powell’s Evidence to Parliament (Part 5)
  • Title: James Powell’s Evidence to Parliament (Part 5)

  • Date : 7 June 1830

  • Catalogue number : Parliamentary Archives HL/PO/JO/10/8/913 p.47

  • 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:

    Communication between Lord Bute’s Canal and the Glamorganshire Canal.
    A: Anything that would increase the trade of the Glamorganshire Canal would injure Mr Blakemore.
    Q: Supposing this Canal of Lord Bute’s did not communicate with the Glamorganshire Canal and the Glamorganshire Canal brought their goods to the Town of Cardiff and deposited them upon a Wharf with a facility of communication between Cardiff and the Sea would not that have the same effect of increasing the communication between the Glamorganshire Canal and the Sea
    A: Yes my meaning is this that anything that would increase the trade upon the Canal to take more lockage would injure the Works
    Q: So that the inconvenience to Mr Blakemore would be from the increase of the trade on the Canal by the improvement of the Port of Cardiff and not by means of the communication between the two Canals.
    A: Yes I should think so