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Michael Caswell:
I cam across this article recently, as I was doing some Family History research in Wiltshire UK. The account of the canals there is, to me, very interesting.  The system between Bath and London was built to move the better quality stone from the mines at Corsham to London. This competed against the Portland (South Coast) company, who used ships to sail the stone around to London. Until this canal was built the Corsham (Bath) stone was hauled by horse and cart over treacherous roads, and was too expensive.
Eventually the two companies merged into The Bath & Portland Stone company. And this is where the name Portland Cement comes from.

https://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/wilts/vol4/pp272-279

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