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Impact on the economy

London Canal Museum - home page Enquiry 7 On towns and cities On the economy On industry On the costs of transport On financial services On England's geography
  The canals created jobs - by 1840 around 40,000 people were employed on boats alone. There were also lock keepers, maintenance gangs, clerks, and wharf workers. The industries they served also emplyed people. The economy began to change from being mainly agricultural to industrial. Photo of working boat crews on boats
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