An Inland Haven-the story of the Exeter ship canal

Just across the river from Topsham is the historic Exeter Ship Canal.  Five miles long, it opened in 1566 and was the first canal to be built in Britain since Roman times.  Its story hinges on the enormous profits to be made from the production of woollen cloth and the trading rivalry between the ports of Topsham and Exeter.  Find out how landowners, merchants and politicians jostled for power and ultimately provided the waterside pubs, scenic towpaths and peaceful wildlife haven we enjoy today.