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The Liskeard and Looe was projected to carry lime and sea-sand inland as a manure. First considered in 1777, nothing was done until 1823, when James Green made a survey for a tub-boat canal with inclined planes from Sandplace, which would be linked to the sea by a barge cut. Another survey was made by John Edgcumbe and others for a locked canal, which was adopted, the Act of Parliament passing in 1825 with the line fully open in 1828. From the start the canal did well, costing little more than the estimate. By 1836 traffic in fertilizer was declining, but the canal was saved by the new Caradon copper mines opened in 1837 and 1840. From the mid-1840s the mines and the Cheesewring granite quarries were joined to the canal head by a tramroad, and traffic became such that it could not cope. So a railway was built by the canal company between Liskeard and Looe and opened in 1860. The canal quickly became disused, although the lower section from Terras Pill to Sandplace, which could take bigger boats, lasted until about 1910.

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