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Chronology Index

1802

River Ancholme

Promoted under Act.

Barnsley Canal

Opened to Barnby Bridge.

Caledonian Canal

Thomas Telford

After surveying the area around this time he recommended that public works should be carried out to "furnish employment for the industrious and valuable part of people in their own country" and advised the building of waterways and roads in the highlands and a canal through the Great Glen.

Caldon Branch - Trent and Mersey Canal

John Rennie

He was engineer for the third rail line between Froghall and the Caldon quarries. This was a four mile double line of plateway rising 649 feet through a combination of inclined planes and normal gradient track.

River Foss

William Scruton

He suggests that the cut along the line of the river above Strensall, planned by William Jessop, should be replaced by a straight cut from Strensall to Sheriff Hutton.

Glenkens Canal

John Rennie

He surveyed the route and estimated the cost as 33,382.

Glenkens Canal

Act passed but no work ever done.

Grand Surrey Canal

William Jessop

He reported on the state of the canal works following a dispute between Ralpph Dodd and John Rowe.

Grand Surrey Canal

Robert Dodd

Was dissmissed.

Grand Union Leicester Section

James Barnes

Surveyed a line from the Leicester Navigation to Norton with 16 locks and two tunnels.

Horncastle Canal

Opened.

Keyingham Navigable Drains project

An Act authorised navigation improvements subject to landowners approval but no work was done.

Kent & Sussex Junction Canal project

Francis John William Thomas Giles

Together with Netlam Giles he surveyed the route as part of John Rennie's check of Alexander Sutherland's work.

Kent & Sussex Junction Canal project

Netlam Giles

Together with Francis Giles he surveyed the route as part of John Rennie's check of Alexander Sutherland's work.

Kent & Sussex Junction Canal project

John Rennie

Netlam and Francis Giles he surveyed the route as part of his check of Alexander Sutherland's work. He confirmed Sutherland's main line and Lamberhurst branch and added another to Ashford and Wye. He estimated the cost at 175,653

Kent & Sussex Junction Canal project

Alexander Sutherland

His main line and Lamberhurst branch was confirmed by John Rennie.

Leicestershire & Northampton Union Canal

Thomas Telford

He was called in to report on James Barnes' proposals for a line to connect to the Grand Junction Canal. He agreed with the start and finish points but proposed a longer course to the east with less lockage. This was to go through Market Harborough, the upper Welland valley, Maidwell, Cottesbrooke, Hollowell, Ravensthorpe and Hodenby, with a branch to Rushton at a total cost of 228,207.

River Medway

Navigation was promoted by Act.

Monmouthshire Canal

David Davies

Surveyed the tramroad from Sirhowy worksto Newport.

River Nene

Charles Handley

The commissioners called on his services to prove that there was a sufficient water supply to enable the Northampton Arm to be built to connect the river to the Grand Junction Canal.

River Nene

John Snape

He, together with Charles Handley, was retained by the Western Division commisioners to prove that sufficient water supply could be found for the Grand Junction Canal Company to build a canal link to Northampton.

Oakham Canal

Completed.

River Ouse (Yorkshire)

William Pontey

He was consulted on the propsal to take a cut from above Strensall to Sheriff Hutton bridge. He approved the idea and was given charge of the work. The cut was open by about the end of June 1804.

Salisbury & Southampton Canal

Opened this year or 1803.

Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigation

Stainforth & Keaby Canal opened.

Trent and Mersey Canal

Promoted by an Act.

Tavistock Canal

Hitchins

He and John Taylor did a survey for the tub-boat canal and estimated the cost as 40,000.

Tavistock Canal

John Taylor

He and Mr Hitchins did a survey for the tub-boat canal and estimated the cost as 40,000.

Woodeaves Canal

Built about 1802.

Barnsley Canal

William Jessop

He reported that the canal was complete.

Huddersfield Narrow Canal

John Woodhouse

He had made a bid for a contract to dig the middle section of the tunnel but withdrew when he got a contract on Blisworth Tunnel on the Grand Junction Canal.

River Witham Navigation

John Rennie

He was asked to advise on Kirkstead Lock which was in poor condition and had collapsed in a flood. He recommended removing the lock and rebuilding at a new site.

Beverley Beck

William Chapman

He designed Grovehill lock at the the point where the Beck meets the River Hull. As engineer to the Beverly & Barmstom Drainage he had built a tunnel under the Beck and had advised that a lock be built to maintain sufficient depth.

Rochdale Canal

William, Junior Crosley

Appointed engineer under William Jessop's supervision.

Rochdale Canal

Thomas Townshend

He left the company.

Brecknock & Abergavenny Canal

Thomas Cartwright

Did a survey to extend the canal from Gilwern to Llanfoist, having replaced Thomas Dadford as engineer for the canal.

Dorset & Somerset Canal

William Underhill

He was perhaps the "Underhill" who reported to the shareholder's meeting on the cost of completing the Frome branch and on the present and future supplies from local collieries.

Grand Surrey Canal

Ralph Dodd

He was given a gratuity and dismissed as engineer ostensibly because he was engaged on other work and was too expensive, although there is evidence that he did work without authorisation and had a disagreement with the chairman. He then attacked his replacement, John Rowe, and the canal committee but was still given some work by the company after this.

Grand Surrey Canal

John Rowe

About this date he was appointed engineer.

Neath Canal

Thomas Cartwright

Surveyed the line for a tramroad with James Birch.

Grand Junction Canal

John Woodhouse

He was one of several contractors engaged to build Blisworth Tunnel.

Sheffield Canal

William III Fairbank

Worked with William Dunn on surveying a line for the canal.

Sheffield Canal

William Dunn

He agrees to survey the line from Tinsley to Sheffield and proposes using 4 locks on the River Don then a canal with 5 locks from Brightside.

Pocklington Canal

William Chapman

Produced a report considering three lines for the canal of 8, 9.5 amd 13.5 miles in length and recommends the longest one.

River Witham Navigation

John Rennie

He started a three-day survey of the river and later recommended that either the navigable drains should be used to reach Boston below the Grand Sluice, or that the Grand Sluice should be by-passed by a new cut to the south.

1803

River Avon (Bristol)

Navigation Act.

Caledonian Canal

William Jessop

He was appointed consulting engineer for the project.

Caledonian Canal

Authorised by an Act.

Cottingham & Hull Canal project

Thomas Dyson

Was consulted about the estimate for the canal.

Dorset & Somerset Canal

Abandoned around 1803.

Fossdyke Canal

John Rennie

He proposed drainage and other works estimated at 12,260.

Leominster Canal

John Hodgkinson

He suggests tramroads as a cheaper alternative to canal cutting for connecting the canal to Kington and Stourport. An Act was passed in August to authorise the building of these tramroads.

London - Portsmouth Canal project

John Rennie

He put forward a canal route to rival William Jessop's proposal for a railway connection. The canal was to be 100 mile long with 41 locks and a 4,400 yard tunnel between Coulsdon and Merstham. From the Croydon Canal it was to run through Merstham, Crawley, Ifield, Horsham Common, Pulborough, Mundham, Chichester, Emsworth and Havant to Portsmouth. He also suggested branches to the Medway, Ouse, Adur and Arun. He estimates the cost without branches to be 720,649 for a broad canal and 571,621 for a narrow canal.

River Severn

Promoted by Act.

Thames & Medway Canal

Ralph Walker

He surveyed the uncompleted canal and found that much more money was needed to complete the work. He also suggested a a line ¾ mile shorter than planned with cutting depths of up to 100 feet .

Tavistock Canal

John Taylor

Started work as engineer on the canal tunnel.

Tavistock Canal

Authorised by an Act.

Wisbech Canal

Thomas West

For some years he had given the company satisfactory service as engineer at very moderate fees so now he was given a gratuity of 5 guineas.

River Witham Navigation

John Rennie

He recommended the replacing of High Bridge with a bridge giving a clear waterway of 34 feet. The estimate for his proposals that included substantial drainage works was 58,400.

Neath Canal

Evan Hopkin

He was engineer for the 8 mile tramroad from the canal head at Pont Walby to Aber-nant. It was finished within two years.

River Don

William Jessop

A parliamentary Bill was introduced for improvements based on his 1801 report.

Caledonian Canal

Thomas Telford

Around this time he was appointed principal engineer at a daily rate of 3 guineas plus travelling expenses.

Salisbury & Southampton Canal

John Rennie

He estimated that 9,950 was needed to complete the canal and 2,000 to repair deterioration.

Swansea Canal

Edward Martin

He reported to the Swansea corporation on the advantages of extending the canal to Oystermouth to carry limestone from the Mumbles cliffs. He was then asked to do a survey and estimate and to consider the use of a tramroad.

1804

Aire & Calder Navigation - Wakefield Section

Elias Wright

He reported that better work was now being done more cheaply at the Lake Lock depot. There were 9 carpenters, 4 sawyers, 4 blacksmiths, a blockmaker with his boy and a sailmaker and an assistant. He wrote that "a better set of Workmen are not to be found in any Yard in the Kingdom, not only as to their ability in their Profession but also for their Industry, Sobriety and good Conduct".

Ashby de la Zouch Canal

Opened from Marston to Moria.

Birmingham Canal Navigations

James Watt

He became a member of the canal company committee and remained so for the rest of his life.

Barnsley Canal

Fully open.

Caledonian Canal

Authorised by an Act.

Dearne and Dove Canal

Completed.

River Derwent

Ralph Burton

Produced a plan of the river from the Rye junction to Yedingham Bridge "for an Intended Navigation".

Glamorganshire Canal

Richard Trevithick

His locomotive ran on the canal company's Penydarren Tramroad.

Kennet and Avon Canal

John Rennie

He estimated that 415,100 more was needed for construction.

Leeds and Liverpool Canal

James Fletcher

Appointed joint surveyor with his uncle Joseph Fletcher.

Leeds and Liverpool Canal

Joseph Fletcher

Appointed joint surveyor with his nephew James Fletcher.

Leven Canal

Completed around 1804.

Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal

The Brecknock and Abergavenny Canal was promoted by Act.

Mersey & Irwell Navigation

Charles McNiven

Around this time he was probably the engineer who built a 7.75 mile cut from the navigation at Latchford to the entrance lock into the Mersey at Runcorn.

Monmouthshire Canal

John Hodgkinson

He made plans to extend the canal by half a mile at Newport eliminating the Town Lock and the tunnel.

Peak Forest Canal

Marple Locks were opened.

River Parrett

Promoted by Act.

Rochdale Canal

Opened.

Royal Military Canal

George Jones

He is working on the canal.

Sheffield Canal

William Jessop

He was asked by the River Don company to report on the possibility of a railway instead of a canal on the route.

Swansea Canal

John Royle

As canal engineer he was instructed to make out 'the allotments and alterations of the Wharfs and communication with the Tramroad required by the Oystermouth Tramroad Act'.

Thames & Medway Canal

Ralph Dodd

He had probably ceased working on the canal by this date.

Thames & Medway Canal

Authorised by an Act.

Worcester and Birmingham Canal

Promoted by an Act.

Warwick & Birmingham Canal

Thomas Green

He was appointed engineer when Thomas Sheasby left due to ill-health.

Warwick & Birmingham Canal

Thomas, senior Sheasby

He left his post of engineer due to ill-health.

Rochdale Canal

Promoted by an Act.

Grand Junction Canal

Benjamin Bevan

Together with Henry Provis was asked to prepare fresh estimates for the Wolverton Aqueduct following the contractors' claims for extra payments.

Grand Junction Canal

Henry Provis

Together with Benjamin Bevan was asked to prepare fresh estimates for the Wolverton Aqueduct following the contractors' claims for extra payments.

Grand Junction Canal

Benjamin Bevan

Having supervised repair work on the Wendover Arm he now proposed a new reservoir for storing water from the summit. The new reservior at marsworth was built in 1806.

London - Portsmouth Canal project

John Rennie

The Bill for his planned canal was defeated.

Caledonian Canal

William Jessop

He estimated the cost of the canal as 474,500 excluding land purchase.

Grand Junction Canal

John Woodhouse

He was appointed superintendent of tunnel workmen under James Barnes.

Salisbury & Southampton Canal

George Jones

He issues a writ for the payment of his salary. No payment was made and sheriffs seived portions of the canal.

Caledonian Canal

William Jessop

He advised Thomas Telford to appoint two resident engineers or superintendents.

Caledonian Canal

Thomas Telford

On William Jessop's advice he appointed Matthew Davison and John Telford as resident engineers.

Rochdale Canal

Charles McNiven

He writes to the Liverpool corporation and points out that although the Rochdale Canal is not complete "timber & other goods" from Hull are arriving at Manchester through that route even "under the disadvantage of twelve miles of land carriage".

River Lee

John Rennie

Following a survey of the navigaion he made a report proposing two new cuts. The first was to avoid the mills and millstreams at Enfield, Tottenham and Lee Bridge. The second was to avoid the course from Old Ford to Bow Bridge. No actiion was taken on this.

Glasgow, Paisley & Johnstone Canal

John Rennie

He reported on the route estimating that a canal for vessels of 25 tons would cost 130,960 or 166,711 if 60-ton vessels were to be used.

Peak Forest Canal

Thomas Brown

The opening of Marple Locks, for which he was engineer. These were to replace the Marple tramroad.

Royal Military Canal

John Rennie

He is retained as consultant.

River Rother (Eastern)

John Rennie

He described the Scots Float sluice, used for access between the river and the Royal Millitary Canal, as being 'very inconvenient and illadapted to the present vessels which navigate the Rother'.

Ipswich & Stowmarket Navigation

James Austin

Appointed surveyor.

Dearne and Dove Canal

Robert, junior Whitworth

He, or his brother William, probably took over and completed the canal following their father's death in 1799.

Dearne and Dove Canal

William Whitworth

He, or his brother Robert, probably took over and completed the canal following their father's death in 1799.

1805

Aberdeenshire Canal

Was opened.

Ashton Canal

Promoted under Acts of Parliament

Brecknock & Abergavenny Canal

Thomas Cartwright

Made a survey for a tramroad between Brecon and Hay.

Caledonian Canal

William Jessop

He and Thomas Telford decided that a basin should be made for Corpach sea-lock and that the locks should be arranged as staircase flights to save expense.

Caledonian Canal

Thomas Telford

He and William Jessop decided that a basin should be made for Corpach sea-lock and that the locks should be arranged as staircase flights to save expense.

Crinan Canal

John Rennie

He recommended James Hollinsworth as resident engineer.

Driffield Navigation

Improvements completed.

Ellesmere Canal

Pontcysylite Aqueduct - 121 feet above the River Dee. Opened.

Gloucester & Sharpness Ship Canal

Ralph Walker

An Act was passed based on his proposal to extend the main line and then build a branch to Hock Crib. 80,000 in shares was needed to finance the work.

Gloucester & Sharpness Ship Canal

Promoted by Act.

Grand Junction Canal

Grand Junction opened a double track tramroad in October 1805 while the Northampton Branch was awaiting completion. Blisworth Tunnel was completed.

River Great Ouse

Promoted under Act.

Ipswich & Stowmarket Navigation

James Austin

Absconded from his post as surveyor and had a ten guineas reward placed on his head by the trustees of the navigation.

Isle of Dogs Canal

Completed.

Kennet and Avon Canal

Promoted by a further Act.

Leeds and Liverpool Canal

James Fletcher

Reported jointly with Joseph Fletcher on alternative links to the Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal.

Leeds and Liverpool Canal

Joseph Fletcher

Reported jointly with James Fletcher on alternative links to the Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal.

Leicestershire & Northampton Union Canal

A new Act was obtained.

Lancaster Canal

William Miller

He made two surveys for the continuation of the canal to Kendal, one through Hincaster with a 340-yard tunnel and the other a more direct route with a 670-yard tunnel at Rains Hall at the cost of 71,755 for the cheaper option. He also suggested a 13-mile tramroad with three inclined planes at a cost of 38,575.

River Lee

Promoted under Act.

Mersey & Irwell Navigation

John Nightingale

Was appointed as the first full manager-engineer of the company at 500 a year with house, horse-keep and expenses when away from home.

Manchester & Salford Junction Canal

John Nightingale

Was asked by the Mersey & Irwell company to estimate the cost of this link.

River Mersey

Act of Parliament enabled the collection of tolls.

Peak Forest Canal

Promoted under Acts of Parliament

Perth Canal projects

John Rennie

Gave guidance to Robert Frazer in drawing up his plan for the canal.

Somerset Coal Canal

Opened.

River Thames

William Jessop

He and John Rennie surveyed the river from Kew to Boulter's Lock and recommended contracting and deepening the channel or preferably the building of long cuts and 5 pound-locks.

River Thames

John Rennie

He and William Jessop surveyed the river from Kew to Boulter's Lock and recommended contracting and deepening the channel or preferably the building of long cuts and 5 pound-locks.

River Wye

William Jessop

He made a survey of the river and notice of a Bill for improvement of the navigation was made.

Grand Junction Canal

Opened.

Worcester and Birmingham Canal

Thomas Cartwright

Secured a contract to finish the canal from Hopwood wharf to the entrance of the cutting leading to Tardebigge Tunnel.

Leicestershire & Northampton Union Canal

Thomas Newbold

He was appointed to build the line to Market Harborough.

Barnsley Canal

Samuel Hartley

He was ordered to lay out the line for a 2.5 mile tramway to Silkstone but it was not to be built for several years due to lack of money.

Glasgow, Paisley & Johnstone Canal

Thomas Telford

He produced a report recommending a 32 mile canal from Tradeston to a new harbour to be built at Eglinton on Ardrossen Bay with a branch to Salcoats. There was to be an 18 mile summit and the total estimated cost was 134,500.

Royal Military Canal

John Rennie

He wrote 'In respect to the contractors, I am sorry to say they have greatly disappointed my expectations, founded upon the diligence and accuracy with which I have seen other great Works done by them'.

Caledonian Canal

Thomas Telford

He told the commissioners that the eastern district of the canal employed about 500 workers, mainly from around the Moray Firth, and in the western district there were 404, including about 300 "strangers" from Appin, Arisaig, Kintyre, Lismore, Morrar and Skye also some crofters who had stettled on Corpach Moss after being evicted by Cameron of Lochiel from their farms on Loch Arkaig.

Grand Junction Canal

Benjamin Bevan

Reported on the construction costs and extra time spent locking through Berkhamsted Locks 58 and 59, which had experimental side ponds.

Somerset Coal Canal

William Bennet

Completion of the Combe Hay flight of locks, for which he was probably engineer.

Monmouthshire Canal

John Hodgkinson

The Sirhowy tramroad which he built was opened around this date.

Glasgow, Paisley & Johnstone Canal

Thomas Telford

A meeting in Paisley approved his plan and decided to apply for an Act of parliament.

Grand Junction Canal

John Woodhouse

He was appointed engineer of the Northern district.

Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation

John Rennie

Following complaints of water loss from millers at Moulsham, Barnes, Sandford, Little Baddow, Paper and Hoe he did a survey and reccomended improvements costing 4,918.

1806

River Avon (Bristol)

Navigation Act.

Birmingham Canal Navigations

Promoted by Act.

Glasgow, Paisley & Johnstone Canal

Authorised by the Glasgow, Paisley & Ardrossan Canal Act.

River Ouse (Sussex)

Promoted by Act.

River Ribble

An act was passed for imprving the navigation of the river.

Rochdale Canal

Promoted by an Act.

Royal Military Canal

Completed from Shorencliffe to Winchelsea as a line of defence.

River Weaver

Thomas, junior Morris

He undertook to build the Weston canal for 38,000 but the Weaver trustees thought his proposals too vague and diffuse.

Royal Military Canal

Lt-Col Nicolay

Completed the canal construction.

Lancaster Canal

William Miller

Pumping of water from the Ribble started after he finished the tunnel between the canal and the river and other works. He had been assistant engineer for some years after 1794.

Mersey & Irwell Navigation

John Nightingale

He was ordered to have steamboats built for the company's Manchester to Runcorn passenger services.

1807

Aire and Calder Navigation and River Aire

Elias Wright

He told shareholders "On the Navigation of the general Line of the Rivers, I think I may be permitted to say, it improves every Year, and is at present better than at any former time".

River Adur

River was first improved by Act of Parliament.

Alford Canal project

Joseph Crow

Made a survey and estimated the construction costs at 33,308.

River Don

William Jessop

He was asked whether any of his 1801 proposals needed to be altered but it seems he confirmed his original report.

River Ivel

Benjamin Bevan

Surveyed the river from Biggleswade to Shefford and conluded that the navigation could be extended by the construction of seven nmore locks and other works totalling 8,000.

Lancaster Canal

Promoted by Act.

Oxford Canal

Promoted by Act.

Portsmouth, Southampton & London Junction Canal

Michael Walker

He resurveyed the route for a 35 mile barge canal from the Itchen at Winchester through Alresford, Alton and Farnham to either Aldershot on the Basingstoke Canal or Godalming on the Wey Navigation. The summit was to crossed either by a 7 mile railway or (as was later proposed) a two mile tunnel. The cost was estimated at 140,000 with a railway or 200,000 with a tunnel.

Rochdale Canal

Promoted by an Act.

Royal Military Canal

Promoted for navigation by an Act, but originally built as a defence against a Napoleonic Invasion.

River Weaver

Promoted by Act.

River Witham Navigation

John Rennie

He proposes the scrapping of Kirkstead and Barlings locks and the construction of a new lock near Washingborough church.

Lydney Canal

John Rennie

He produces a report for the Department of Woods & Forests into the development of transport in the area. He suggests a wet-dock or basin at Nass Point beyond Lydney, perhaps with a canal up to Lydney and a basin there.

Carlisle Canal

William Chapman

The Canal Committee meeting considered his report proposing a canal from the town to the sea. The cost was estimated at 40,000 pounds if it took vessels of up to 45 tons or between 55,000 and 65,000 pounds for craft up to 90 tons.

Aire & Calder Navigation - Wakefield Section

Elias Wright

He advised shareholders to oppose John Lee and Shepley Watson's proposal for using their new cut saying "to suffer any individual, or set of them, to have the Power over the Water, would be total Ruin of the Navigation".

River Weaver

John Johnson

He is given the task of building the Weston Canal. The Weaver trustees insisting that it should be built by their own engineer and accepting a 2,000 penalty if it is not completed in 27 months.

Carlisle Canal

William Chapman

He added an appendix to his report of 27th June proposing both a 90 - 100 ton canal for the Irish, Scottish and Liverpool trade, and a 50 ton line to the collieries near Maryport, saying "I see by the newspapers, that the Sea Vessel Canal from Carlisle appearsto be as warmly espoused as that to Maryport for Canal Boats".

Grand Junction Canal

Benjamin Bevan

Together with Henry Provis was asked to examine the contractor Thomas Harrison's claim for payments in the dispute over the Wolverton Aqueduct.

Grand Junction Canal

Henry Provis

Together with Benjamin Bevan was asked to examine the contractor Thomas Harrison's claim for payments in the dispute over the Wolverton Aqueduct.

1808

Aire & Calder Navigation - Wakefield Section

Elias Wright

He completed the building of the new Lake Lock.

River Avon (Bristol)

Navigation Act.

Calder and Hebble Navigation

William Jessop

He was consulted by the company concerning a dispute with Sir Thomas Pilkington over the building of new locks at Fall Ing.

Carlisle Canal

William Chapman

In making comments on Telford's proposals for the canal he suggests that a steam engine would be a cheaper way of supplying water to the canal than the Wigton branch unless the branch could be commercially justified and that the locks could be 65 by 16 feet with 6 feet over the cill rather than of Forth & Clyde dimensions. This would be big enough for the Mersey flats that were expected to be trading from Liverpool.

Ellesmere Canal

The navigable feeder from Trevor to the Dee at Llantisilo completed what is now the Llangollen Canal.

Grand Junction Canal

Richard Trevithick

One of his 4 horse-power steam engines was ordered for pumping out water during repairs.

Leicestershire & Northampton Union Canal

Thomas Telford

He and James Barnes were employed to do another survey for a connection to the Grand Junction Canal.

Old Grand Union Canal

Benjamin Bevan

Appointed engineer at a salary of 500 a year plus 200 a year expenses.

Old Grand Union Canal

Thomas Telford

He and James Barnes made the preliminary surveys for the line of the canal.

Old Grand Union Canal

John Woodhouse

About this time he, supported by a Leicester group, put forward a line for the canal with a tunnel.

River Ouse (Sussex)

William Smith

He was appionted engineer.

Oxford Canal

Promoted by Act.

Salisbury & Southampton Canal

Company defunct by 1808.

Worcester and Birmingham Canal

Promoted by an Act.

River Witham Navigation

Promoted by an Act.

River Ancholme

Samuel Porter

He was the navigation engineer.

Worcester and Birmingham Canal

John Woodhouse

The company agreed to trial an experimental boat lift that he had invented. Woodhouse was to errect this at his own cost and the company was to pay for excavation and masonry.

Grand Union Leicester Section

James Barnes

Surveyed a connection between the navigation and the Grand Junction Canal.

Cumberland Canal Project

Thomas Telford

He reported on the canal project adding that the 109,393 estimate could be reduced by 20,000 if the canal was built the same size as the Bridgewater or by 50,000 if it was a narrow canal. He said the canal could be extended to Eskdale and up the Eden valley as part of the route to Newcastle.

Worcester and Birmingham Canal

John Woodhouse

His 12 foot boat lift at Tardebigge was ready for trials. A wooden tank holding water and a narrowboat weighing 64 tons was counter balanced by a platform loaded with bricks, the two connected by eight chains running over cast-iron wheels.

Grand Junction Canal

Benjamin Bevan

He agreed to the suggestion that an iron aqueduct would be better than conventional brick to replace the colapsed structure at Wolverton and was asked, together with the company secretary, Charles Harvey, to make detailed investigations.

Thames & Medway Canal

Ralph Walker

He surveyed the canal again and recommended that much of the line proposed by the Act should be abandoned in favour of a route with a long tunnel further west which would "be attended with much advantage in point of saving considerable Expence, and upwards of one Mile and one quarter less in length".

1809

Aike Beck or Lockington Navigation

William Chapman

He reported to the drainage commissioners that the locks on the navigation had raised water levels and caused flooding.

River Avon (Bristol)

Navigation Act.

Brecknock & Abergavenny Canal

William, Junior Crosley

Engaged as engineer for 500 a year.

Brecknock & Abergavenny Canal

John Hodgkinson

He acted as consultant to William Crossley in the re-surveying of the line to connect the canal with the Monmouthshire Canal.

Crinan Canal

Completely finished.

Croydon Canal

Opened.

Grand Union Aylesbury Branch

GU Aylesbury Branch construction was started at the end of 1809.

Grand Union Market Harborough Branch

Completed to Market Harborough.

Kennet and Avon Canal

Promoted by a further Act.

Leicestershire & Northampton Union Canal

The canal reached Market Harborough.

Oakham Canal

Benjamin Bevan

Surveyed a line for extending the canal from Market Harborough to Stamford with a connection to Boston through the South Forty Foot Drain.

Oakham Canal

Hamilton H Fulton

He surveyed a line, under Thomas Telford's supervision, for the extension of the canal from Oakham to Stamford. There were also to be connections from the Welland near Market Deeping and to the Nene at Peterborough.

Oakham Canal

Thomas Telford

He supervised Hamilton Fulton in a survey of an extension of the canal to Stamford.

Salisbury & Southampton Canal

John Rennie

He wrote to the company clerk asking for his bill to be paid and was told that there were two plans for the future of the canal but it was difficult to get creditors together.The clerk ends the reply 'It is now running to ruin very fast'.

Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigation

Promoted by an Act.

River Severn

Promoted by Act.

Stratford upon Avon Canal

Promoted by an Act.

Trent and Mersey Canal

Promoted by an Act.

River Thames

John Rennie

Following land owner's objections to the long cuts that he and William Jessop had proposed in 1805, he suggests nine pound locks instead.

River Wear

Promoted by an Act.

Portsmouth, Southampton & London Junction Canal

John Rennie

He estimated the cost of the canal with a tunnel at its summit would be 440,790.

Worcester and Birmingham Canal

Thomas Cartwright

He was paid for the work done under his contract.

Aberdare Canal

Thomas, junior Sheasby

He was engaged as resident engineer.

River Derwent

George, senior Leather

He is asked by S H Copperthwaite, agent of the Earl Fitzwilliam, to prepare plans to make the river navigable.

River Weaver

Samuel Fowls

Was appointed engineer.

River Avon (Bristol)

William Jessop

Water was diverted into the new cut from the floating harbour to the Avon so completing his 600,000 scheme for the docks at double his original estimate.

Grand Junction Canal

Benjamin Bevan

Advised on the prices and quality of stone for the peirs of the new Wolverton Aqueduct. He later recommended gornall stone from Cornwall for the piers before finding the equally good, but cheaper Hornton quarries stone in Warwickshire.

Worcester and Birmingham Canal

Thomas Cartwright

Due to ill health he left the post of engineer and was succeeded by John Woodhouse.

Worcester and Birmingham Canal

John Woodhouse

Appointed engineer in succession to Thomas Cartwright.

Grand Junction Canal

Benjamin Bevan

Lays the foundation stone for the new Wolverton Aqueduct.

Romford Canal

Ralph Walker

He signed a map entitled "Plan for Proposed Canal from Romford to the River Thames". This scheme was for a canal from Rainham Creek with an entrance lock and basin from the Thames connecting to the River Beam by a cutting. The route to Romford would then have followed the river valley.

Aberdare Canal

Edward Martin

He re-surveyed the line of the proposed canal.

Leicestershire & Northampton Union Canal

Thomas Newbold

His construction of the line to Market harborough was completed at the cost of 40,500 for the basin, buildings and 6¾ miles of canal.

River Weaver

Thomas Telford

He was called in to report on the works on the unfinished Weston Canal. In February 1810 he reported there "had been great want of judgement and method in executing the work".

1810

Aberdare Canal

Evan Hopkin

Together with David Hopkin he was the contractor on the canal.

Andover Canal to Basingstoke Canal project

Ralph Dodd

He advanced a scheme tfor a canal from Basingstoke to the Andover Canal by way of Overton, Whitchurch and the Test valley. This was opposed and soon dropped.

Annandale Canal project

Mr Jardine

He proposed the canal, which was reported to have an intended depth of 4.5 foot.

River Arun

John Rennie

He said 'the Arun is a very bad navigation, and barges navigating it experience great detention, from floods in winter and droughts in summer'.

Bristol & Taunton Canal

John Rennie

He surveyed the route and estimated the cost as 410,896.

Bristol Junction Canal project

William Whitworth

He did a preliminary survey for the route.

Central Junction Canal project

John Rennie

Was surveyed under his supervision.

English & Bristol Channels Ship Canal

W Bond

Together with J Dean he surveyed the line of the canal under Rennie's direction.

English & Bristol Channels Ship Canal

J Dean

Together with W Bond he surveyed the line of the canal under Rennie's direction.

English & Bristol Channels Ship Canal

John Rennie

W Bond and J Dean surveyed the line of the canal under his direction.

Gloucester & Sharpness Ship Canal

John Hodgkinson

He and William Jessop were asked to report on the canal and the proposd line to Hock Crib.

Gloucester & Sharpness Ship Canal

William Jessop

He and John Hodgkinson were asked to report on the canal and the proposd line to Hock Crib.

Grand Junction Canal

William, senior Thompson

Around this time he was appointed Northern District Engineer.

River Great Ouse

Promoted under Act.

Grand Union Leicester Section

The old Grand Union Canal, linking the Grand Junction to the Leicester line, was Authorised by an Act was passed in May 1810.

River Hull

William Chapman

He completes the work on the River Hull land drainage scheme started in 1799.

Kennet and Avon Canal

Fully completed when the Caen Hill Locks were finished on 28 December 1810.

Little Ouse or Brandon River

A third act was passed relating to navigation on the river.

Lydney Canal

Promoted under an Act. Originally connected to Pidcock's Canal.

Middle Level Navigation

Promoted by Act.

Newcastle & Hexham Canal project

Barrodall Robert Dodd

He surveyed the line for the canal.

Nent Force Level

Completed by 1810.

St Nicholas Bay Harbour & Caterbury Canal

Samuel Jones

He was asked to do a detailed survey of a small ship-canal line from Canterbury to St Nicholas Bay, near Margate, that had been proposed by Robert Whitworth junior. He did the survey and also suggested a 18f oot deep ship canal from St Nicholas Bay to Deal, where a second harbour was proposed.

River Stour (Kent)

John Rennie

He was consulted on Samuel Jones' plans which he expanded. He estimated the upgraded plan as 155,207 of which 94,178 was for the harbour and wet dock, 54,042 for the barge canal and branch, and 6,987 for the approach road to the basin at Canterbury.

River Tees

William Chapman

He completed the 154 yard Mardale Cut, the first major improvement to the navigation, which saved 2.5 miles of river passage.

Thames & Medway Canal

Ralph Walker

He increased his estimate from 40,000 in total to 37,715 for the tunnel and 16,989 for other work, telling the Parliamentary committee that this would be half the cost of building the previous line.

Thames & Medway Canal

Authorised by an Act.

Torrington Canal

James Green

He prepared a plan for a canal from Torrington along the eastern side of the River Torridge past Weare Giffard to enter the river above Hallspill and oposite Landcross.

Wilts and Berks Canal

Opened from Semington to Abingdon.

River Welland

Benjamin Bevan

Reports on the state of the navigation and recommended the building of a sea-sluice at the end of the cut from the reservioir would improve navigation and drainage.

Wilts and Berks Canal

Promoted by an Act.

River Weaver

Thomas Telford

He was appointed consulant engineer.

High Peak Junction Canal project

John Rennie

He surveyed a 38¼ mile line with a 149 feet rise from the extended Peak Forrest Canal at Chappel Milton and a fall of 530 feet to the Cromford Canal. From Chapel Milton through a 2¾ mile tunnel to Edale, then down the Hope and Derwent valleys. Crossing the Derwent near baslow it ran through a one-mile tunnel to the Wye valley near Bakewell, so avoiding Chatsworth, and on to Great Rowsley before following the Derwent to Matlock.Another tunnel (1½ miles long) took the line to the Derwent Aqueduct on the Cromford Canal.

River Weaver

John Johnson

He is dismissed after the Weston canal was not completed on time and was well over estimate, and his methods and judgement had been critised in a report by Thomas Telford. He had worked for the Weaver for thirty years.

Grand Western Canal

John Rennie

As company engineer he starts the construction of the canal near Holcombe Rogus.

River Derwent

George, junior Leather

He completes the plans from his survey of the river which he did under his father's direction.

North Wilts Canal

William Whitworth

The Wilts & Berks Canal company sent a letter to the Thames & Severn company saying that he had surveyed a line from near Wootton Bassett to Ewen, above Siddington, on the Thames and Severn summit so joining the two canals. At this time this canal was called the Severn Junction Canal.

River Derwent

George, senior Leather

He proposed a navigation with two locks a "full sized" one at New Malto and a small one at Old Malton taking craft of 26 feet long with a 11 foot 6 inches beam.

Peak Forest Canal

Nicholas Brown

By this time he had completed a survey for a link to the Cromford Canal.

Brecknock & Abergavenny Canal

William, Junior Crosley

Did a survey for a group of promoters for the route of a tramroad from Brecon to Eardisley beyond Hay.

Lydney Canal

Astley Bowdler

He was dismissed from his post as clerk and engineer. He had originally been employed by the Severn & Wye company to build a tramroad but this idea was changed to a canal scheme.

Lydney Canal

Josias Jessop

He was appointed consulting engineer, on William Whitworth's recommendation, and drew up plans for the canal and basin.

Lydney Canal

William Whitworth

He recommended Josias Jessop as consulting engineer for the canal.

Brecknock & Abergavenny Canal

Thomas Dadford junior

Surveyed the line of a tramroad from the canal near Abergavenny to Hereford.

North Eastern Junction Canal project

John Rennie

He surveyed the route for the canal which he considered favourable.

Bath & Bristol Canal project

John Rennie

He reported on his resurvey of the line which was to be 13½ miles and terminate at Old Market Street, Bristol. The cost was estimated at 343,030 including a branch to the Bristol floating harbour.

1811

Proposal to link Bedford to the Grand Union by water.

Brecknock & Abergavenny Canal

William, Junior Crosley

Surveyed the line for a 7.75 mile tramroad from Govilon through Llanfoist and Abergavenny to Llanvihangel.

Birmingham Canal Navigations

Promoted by Act.

Bridgwater and Taunton Canal

Promoted under an Act as the Bristol & Taunton Canal.

Caledonian Canal

Eight lock staircase built at Banavie.

Gloucester & Sharpness Ship Canal

John Rennie

He was asked to report on the canal and the proposed line to Hock Crib. His estimate to complete the canal to this point was 128,656, higher than the estimates of John Hodgkinson and William Jessop the previous year. He also criticised the present standard of work on the canal.

Glasgow, Paisley & Johnstone Canal

Fully open.

Grand Union Main Line

Wolverton Aqueduct (Over the Great Ouse) opened.

Grand Western Canal

Promoted under Act.

Huddersfield Narrow Canal

Opened.

Lydney Canal

Josias Jessop

His role of consultant ended when Thomas Sheasby junior was taken on as resident engineer.

Lydney Canal

Thomas, junior Sheasby

His was taken on as resident engineer.

Peak Forest Canal

Thomas Brown

As part of the Wright & Brown partnership he leased limekilns from Samuel Oldknow and managed them until about 1860.

Pen-clawdd Canal

David Davies

Made a survey for the canal with Edward Martin.

Pen-clawdd Canal

Edward Martin

Made a survey for the canal with David Davies.

Pen-clawdd Canal

Authorised by an Act.

Stort - Cam Canal projects

Francis John William Thomas Giles

He re-surveyed the route with Netlam Giles under the direction of John Rennie.

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