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HER Number:MDV65875
Name:Section of the Launceston Branch of the Bude Canal


The Launceston Branch opened in 1825 and operated until 1891. Today it survives mainly as hollows and earthworks across fields, marking the line of the former canal bed.


Grid Reference:SS 270 025
Map Sheet:SS20SE
Admin AreaDevon
Admin AreaCornwall
Civil ParishUnknown
Civil ParishBridgerule
DistrictNorth Cornwall
Ecclesiastical ParishBRIDGERULE
Ecclesiastical ParishBRIDGERULE WEST

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS20SE/524

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CANAL (opened, XIX - 1825 AD to 1825 AD)

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

Bude & Launceston Canal marked.

Atkins, W. S., 1998, Bude Canal Strategic Study (Report - Assessment). SDV340325.

The Launceston branch of the Bude canal, which opened in 1825 and operated until 1891. It left the main branch of the canal at Red Post, in Cornwall (SS26430502) but due to financial difficulties it never reached Launceston as intended, but terminated 3 miles to the north at Druxton Wharf, Crossgate, in Cornwall (SX34068835). The section of the Launceston branch in Bridgerule survives mainly as hollows in fields marking the former canal bed.

Environment Agency WMS, 1998-2014, LiDAR DTM data JPEG image (1m resolution) (Cartographic). SDV359716.

Line of former canal visible as earthworks on LiDAR.

Halcrow, 2000, Bude Canal Strategic Study Phase 2 - Draft Report (Report - Survey). SDV340326.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #97993 ]
SDV340325Report - Assessment: Atkins, W. S.. 1998. Bude Canal Strategic Study. North Cornwall District Council. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV340326Report - Survey: Halcrow. 2000. Bude Canal Strategic Study Phase 2 - Draft Report. North Cornwall District Council. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV359716Cartographic: Environment Agency WMS. 1998-2014. LiDAR DTM data JPEG image (1m resolution). Environment Agency LiDAR data. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV65876Parent of: Bude Canal Aqueduct, Bridgerule (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Dec 21 2016 11:44AM