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Filename: N070949.jpg

Size: 6165 x 5091 (7.7MB)

Date: 11th December 2007

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Photo Library

Urgency (1-8) 5=normal: 5

Source: English Heritage Images

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Canal workers N070949

STOURPORT, Worcestershire. Reconstruction drawing by Peter Dunn, English Heritage Graphics Team, showing workers building a canal c.1770

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Graphic Industrial Revolution Work


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EDITORS COMMENTS
This evocative reconstruction drawing by Peter Dunn, produced by the English Heritage Graphics Team, transports us back in time to the bustling scene of canal construction in Stourport, Worcestershire during the late 18th century. The Industrial Revolution had brought about a significant shift in transportation methods, and the building of canals was a key aspect of this transformative period. In the foreground of the image, a team of skilled workers is engaged in the laborious task of constructing the canal. They are busy shoveling earth and transporting it in wheelbarrows to be used as fill for the canal bed. The intricate engineering of the canal system is evident in the carefully laid out plans and the precision with which the workers are executing their tasks. The drawing also highlights the collaboration and community spirit that was essential to the success of these large-scale projects. Men of all ages and backgrounds worked together, united by the common goal of creating a more efficient and connected transportation network. The use of simple tools, such as shovels and wheelbarrows, underscores the physical demands of the work and the sheer determination and grit of the laborers. Despite the challenges and hardships, the construction of canals brought about significant economic and social benefits. They facilitated the transportation of goods and raw materials, fueling the growth of industries and contributing to the expansion of trade networks. The canal system also provided new opportunities for travel and exploration, allowing people to connect with different communities and cultures. This image offers a glimpse into the past, providing us with a valuable reminder of the ingenuity, perseverance, and collaborative spirit that drove the Industrial Revolution and shaped the modern world.

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