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what came first ?

As in chicken and egg. What came first. The narrow canal boat or the narrow canal and lock and why majority of middle England has narrow system and north and south have broad ?bw

Asked by: Mr Vernon Whitehair  | 9.58am, Monday 21 January

WW says:

The Sankey and the Bridgewater were the first canals, and they are both broad. The narrow canals are attributed to Brindley who came up with the size of 70' by 7' for the standard boat, and built his canals to pass a boat of this size. This was primarily because the engineering is easier for a narrow canal.
The later canals were built wide to increase their capacity and the revenue earned from them. The narrow boats were however then established as the "Standard".
A very brief timeline of canal development!

Rupert Smedley  | 11.20AM, Monday 21 January

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