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Waterways Chronology from 1594 to 1643

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1594

River Stour (Kent)

Made navigable around this date.

1618

River Cam

Richard Atkyns

Reported on a survey of the river and the conflicts between navigation and drainage interests and sandbanks between Clayhithe and Cambridge.

River Great Ouse

Richard Atkyns

Reported on a survey of the river and the conflicts between navigation and drainage interests.

1623

River Colne

River improvements were promoted by Act.

1626

River Don

Sir Cornelius Vermuyden

He consentrated the waters of the river into a single channel and washland running into the River Aire.

1633

River Don

Sir Cornelius Vermuyden

He started work on the Dutch River which, by providing a direct route to the Ouse, was to reduce the waters of the Don that were flowing into the Aire and thus prevent flooding.

1634

Old Bedford River

Sir Cornelius Vermuyden

He was employed by a company lead by Francis, Earl of Bedford to drain a large area of land now known as the Bedford Level. The work included the Bedford River and nine other major drains.

1636

River Avon (Warwick)

Sir William Sandys

He received an Order in Council authorising him make the river navigable. He began work on this but it seems did not do any work on the River Teme, which he was also authorised to improve.

River Avon (Warwick)

Promoted under an Act.

1637

Old Bedford River

Sir Cornelius Vermuyden

His task was declared complete by the Commission of Sewers.

1638

River Tone

Some of the river was made navigable around 1638.

River Derwent (Derbyshire)

Sir Cornelius Vermuyden

Charles I wrote to Derby corporation asking for him to be accomodated as "with his partners, has undertaken a work very acceptable to the King about the lead works at Wirksworth, and to make the river of Derwent to be navigable till it fall into the Trent".

1639

River Avon (Warwick)

Sir William Sandys

He finished making the river navigable by building 13 flash and pound locks so that 30-ton barges could navigate from Tewkesbury to Stratford.

River Avon (Warwick)

Open for navigation.

1642

River Ouse (Yorkshire)

Promoted by Act.

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