Author Topic: Rivers, for Power, Transporting Goods and Discharging Effluents  (Read 1349 times)

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The first place I look to understand the history of an area is the rivers which depend on the geomorphology and were the main routes of transport and of sites of industrial development as a consequence of being close to supplies and export routes of raw materials
Water was naturally needed initially to power the simple mills of earliest times and later consumed in enormous quantity by factories in some of the tanning and treatment of basic materials throughout history, certainly the Cotton Mills needed plenty of water http://www.arkwrightsociety.org.uk/html/cm_index.html
Rivers were also extremely useful in acting as vehicles for the dispersal of discharged effluents, often containing harmful chemicals and solids which damaged the environment
Canals were useful to supplement the natural supplies where natural rivers were not in evidence http://www.spinningtheweb.org.uk/places/cottonopolis.php