Sandford's Canal Proposal in 1795

In 1795 a canal was planned to link the Bristol Channel to the English Channel to transport coal southwards and clay northwards. The cost of the canal was estimated at £200,000 but the scheme was abandoned in 1803 due to insufficient funds. Only an 8 mile stretch of the canal was ever built near Frome. A route through Wareham St. Martin was surveyed by William Bennett and serves as a historic record of the owners and occupants of the land in 1795. 

1795 Proposed Canal Route
Proposed Canal Route
(Image provided courtesy of the Somerset Heritage Centre)