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Chronology Index

1821

River Arun

James Hollinsworth

Was engineer for the river improvements needed for linking the Wey & Arun Canal with the Portsmouth & Arundel Canal.

River Arun

Act passed.

Barnsley Canal

John Rennie

He was employed to survey for a reservoir in the Silkstone valley. It was never built.

English & Bristol Channels Junction Canal project

James Green

Made a survey of the route and recommended a tub-boat canal with 5 inclined planes and 4 tunnels.

River Ivel

Francis John William Thomas Giles

He estimates a cost of 14,000 to make the river navigable from Shefford. It was later found that he had only estimated to Clifton Common and another 1,700 was required to take it to Shefford.

Retyn and East Wheal Rose scheme

John Edgcumbe

He surveyed the line and estimated the cost at 16,000.

Stratford upon Avon Canal

Promoted by an Act.

Tennant Canal

William Kirkhouse

He started work on cutting the canal as engineer

Tennant Canal

Started in 1821, without any Act of Parliament.

Wilts and Berks Canal

Promoted by an Act.

Exeter Ship Canal

James Green

He finished the dredging, straightening and repair work on the canal.

Glamorganshire Canal

George Overton

He reported on the Port of Cardiff and improvements for better accommodation of the increasing trade on the canal, proposing canal deepening, straightening and a new basin so that 300-ton vessels could reach the wharves.

Aire and Calder Navigation and River Aire

John Rennie

He proposes that there should be "an intermediate basin & locks" at Goole where the canal was to join the Ouse. He also ageed with the company board that the canal depth should be 7 feet rather than 6.

Aire and Calder Navigation and River Aire

John Timperley

He rebuilt locks on the navigation with a six foot depth over the sills even though it had been decided that the Goole Canal locks would have a 7 foot sill depth. He seems not to have been told but it cost him his job.

River Welland

John Rennie

He and Thomas Pear both reported on the drainage of Deeping Fen and recommend the use of steam power.

1822

Aire & Calder Navigation - Wakefield Section

Francis John William Thomas Giles

He worked on alternative schemes based on John Rennine's plans for deepening the river to 7 feet and to take 100 ton craft.

Ashby de la Zouch Canal

John Crossley

He was sent by the canal committee to survey the coal tolls and drawbacks on eight neighbouring canals.

Caledonian Canal

Completed.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Union Canal

Opened.

Gloucester & Sharpness Ship Canal

Promoted by Act.

Huddersfield Narrow Canal

John Raistrick

About this time he offered to run a steam tug through Standedge Tunne lat a charge not exceeding 3 shillings if he were allowed to operate free of dues for ten years. A tug was operating by late 1824.

Huddersfield Narrow Canal

Mr Wharton

He experimented with a steam boat, which resulted in tests being made of steam tugs through Standedge Tunnel using the Raistrick's chain principle.

River Ivel

Francis John William Thomas Giles

Around this time he surveys the old part of the navigation and recommends that 3 - 4,000 is needed to put it into a proper state of repair.

River Nene

Sir John Rennie

He and Thomas Telford were asked for revised plans for the river outfall and its passage through Wisbech.

River Nene

Thomas Telford

He and Sir John Rennie were asked for revised plans for the river outfall and its passage through Wisbech.

Thames & Medway Canal

Thomas Telford

About this time he inspected the canal on behalf of the Exchequer Bill Loan Commissioners following an application for a loan by the canal company.

Aire & Calder Main Line

George, junior Leather

He wrote a report proposing dock accommodation at Goole for Brigs.

Bridgewater Canal

James Gilbert

He drew up plans for a 13 mile 7 furlong canal from the Bridgewater at either Sale Moor or Stretford to Stockport and on to Hope Green near Poynton. A 4 mile 1 furlong railway extension to Kerridge near Bollington was also included.

Carlisle Canal

William Chapman

Was dismissed by the canal committee after a disagreement over the quality of the work of the site engineer, Thomas Ferrier, who was backed by the committeee who rejected Chapman's criticism.

1823

Bude Canal

Opened (except for Druxton Branch).

Carlisle Canal

Opened.

Croydon Canal

Dudley Clark

Was paid 300 pounds by the company, presumably as arrears of fees for several previous years.

English & Bristol Channels Ship Canal

W Bond

He and J Dean oppose a rival tub boat canal, proposed by James Green, as an alternative to Rennie's plans for a ship canal.

English & Bristol Channels Ship Canal

J Dean

He and W Bond oppose a rival tub boat canal, proposed by James Green, as an alternative to Rennie's plans for a ship canal.

Ellesmere Canal

George Watson Buck

Carried out extensive repairs on the Vyrnwy Aqeduct that had every arch fractued due to it originally being constucted from sub-standard materials. It was strengthened using iron bands.

Glamorganshire Canal

David Davies

Surveyed a 15 mile extension to continue the Penydarren tramroad to Cardiff, marked out on the opposite side of the valley to the canal by George Overton.

Grosvenor Canal

This water supply cut became a navigable canal in 1823.

River Ivel

Navigation improvements extended to Shefford.

Leeds and Liverpool Canal

George, junior Leather

He reported on the cost of coal carried by the Lancaster and Leeds & Liverpool canal routes and the effects of the various costs on the trade carried by both companies.

Liskeard & Looe Union Canal

Robert Coad

He re-surveyed the proposed route with John Edgcumbe and Thomas Esterbrooke.

Liskeard & Looe Union Canal

James Green

He was called in to advise on the making of a canal, railway and turnpike road, all of which he said were possible. On the question of a canal he ruled against locks and recommended a tub-boat canal with inclined planes at an estimated cost of 14,000.

Lancaster Canal - Glasson Dock Branch

Work started.

Portsmouth & Arundel Canal

Fully opened.

River Stour (Kent)

Benjamin Bevan

Acted for the Commision of Sewers in regard to this river.

Tennant Canal

Aberdulais Aqueduct, crossing the River Neath, was started in May 1823.

Torrington Canal

James Green

He is appointed engineer and starts the cutting of the navigation with the Torridge river lock and basin.

River Wye

Shipbuilding was carried on at Hereford, and there was a picture in the town of the launch of a brig 170 tons burden, built in 1823.

Glamorganshire Canal

George Overton

He marked out a 15 mile extension of the Penydarren tramroad to Cardiff. This was on the opposite side of the valley to the canal. The tramroad was not extended but later the Taff Vale Railway used the route.

Liskeard & Looe Union Canal

John Edgcumbe

Resurveyed the line of the canal with Robert Coad and Thomas Esterbrook, estimating the cost at 12,578.

Liskeard & Looe Union Canal

Thomas Esterbrook

Resurveyed the line of the canal with Robert Coad and John Edgcumbe, estimating the cost at 12,578.

Monmouthshire Canal

William Wells

He was asked to survey a tramroad from the Beaufort tramroad at Crumlin to Risca, where it was to connect with the Sirhowy tramroad thus providing a tramroad route from Beaufort and Ebbw Vale to Newport.

Barnsley Canal

Joseph 2 Atkinson

Appointed resident engineer. A year later he was also book-keeper and chief clerk and was provided with a new house at Sandal.

Barnsley Canal

Samuel Hartley

He leaves his post of resident engineer.

Carlisle Canal

Richard Buck

Was asked to leave the company following the dismissal of his former principal, William Chapman, in the previous December.

River Arun

James Hollinsworth

He completed the improvements to the river which raised barge capacity by about 10 tons to 40 tons.

Bude Canal

John Kingdon

He had completed the canal and it opened to traffic.

Dearne and Dove Canal

George, junior Leather

He recommended raising Worsbrough reservoir by 4 foot 6 inches thus increasing it from 42 to 62 acres at a cost of 3,150 plus the cost of the land. The work was finished in 1826. He also said that the canal locks were too lightly built and it was agreed to reconstruct 2 or 3 each year.

River Don

George, junior Leather

He estimates a cost of 1,084 for a cut from the Sheffield Canal to the Tinsley cut and the is agreed by both companies. He later ponits out that the cut cannot be made until a good supply of water from the Sheffield Canal is assured.

Liskeard & Looe Union Canal

James Green

He asked to prepare a report to support the planned Bill for the authorisation of the canal.

1824

River Ancholme

Sir John Rennie

He was consulted and reccommended that the works specified by his father should be completed and that the river should be widened and deeped to double its capacity.

Birmingham & Liverpool Junction Canal

William Chapman

Around this time he was involved in proposing a Birmingham to Liverpool Railway which would have followed a similar line to the canal, but the railway did not gain enough support.

Birmingham & Liverpool Junction Canal

Josias Jessop

Around this time he was involved in proposing a Birmingham to Liverpool Railway which would have followed a similar line to the canal, but the railway did not gain enough support.

BCN Main Line

Thomas Telford

He made a survey of the Birmingham canals and recommended the shortening and improving of the line between Birmingham and Smethwick, abolishing the Smethwick summit by a cutting through the hill, a new canal from Tipton to Smethwick on the 453 foot level and a new reservoir at Rotton Park.

Birmingham Canal Navigations

Thomas Telford

Surveyed the line for the new main line, which he recommended should have twin towpaths.

Bridgwater and Taunton Canal

Act passed to renew the powers under the 1811 Act, which had lapsed, and authorise variations to the line. The new Act proposed an extension to Huntworth and Bridgwater Dock.

River Colne

Peter Bruff

Produced a plan for a ship canal to run parallel to the river from Hythe to Wivenhoe. He also proposed a 2.25 mile barge canal from Hythe to Lexden.

English & Bristol Channels Ship Canal

James Green

He took part in a survey of the route, under the leadership of Thomas Telford, and signed the plans.

Exeter Ship Canal

James Green

He recommended that the canal should be extended 2 miles down the estuary to Turf so that craft drawing up to 12 feet could enter the canal on all tides.

Grand Junction Canal

Sir John Rennie

He was employed to survey a route for a proposed London to Birmingham railway in direct competition to the canal.

Hertford Union Canal (Grand Union)

Francis John William Thomas Giles

Was appointed engineer.

Hertford Union Canal (Grand Union)

Sir George Duckett obtained an Act of Parliament to buld this canal. The engineer was Francis Giles.

Hants & Berks Junction Canal project

Francis John William Thomas Giles

He did a survey and proposed a 13 mile canal with a half-mile tunnel, one inclined plane and a number of locks.

High Peak Junction Canal project

William III Fairbank

With the revival of this scheme he did a survey, on behalf of Thomas Telford, for a Sheffield branch of the network, now called the Sheffield & Manchester Canal.

High Peak Junction Canal project

Thomas Telford

He was asked to report on the scheme.

Kidwelly & Llanelly Canal

The first phase completed in June 1824.

Kensington Canal

Authorised by an Act.

Manchester & Dee Ship Canal project

Robert Stevenson

He surveyed a line for a ship canal taking 400-ton craft from the Dawpool (between West Kirby and Heswall) past Frodsham, Lymm and Didsbury to Manchester.

River Medway

Navigation was promoted by Act.

Pembrey Canal

Probably built around 1824.

Romford Canal

Robert Vazie

He announced a new plan for the canal with an estimated cost of under 60,000 with locks to admit the largest lighters navigating the Thames, Lee and Regent's Canal.

Scarsdale & High Peak Canal project

Thomas Telford

About this time he was retained to report on this project.

River Stour (Kent)

William Chapman

Was asked to adjuge between the Commission of Sewers and the navigation company.

River Stour (Kent)

James Morgan

He was employed to survey the river with a view to making some improvements in the navigation but produced a more radical plan than had been expected. He suggested that the shallow meandering river between Sandwich and the sea should be replaced by a new cut and a new harbour be built near Sandown Castle at a cost of 45,777.

River Stour (Kent)

Thomas Telford

He said that the Stonar drainage cut near Richborough had caused the harbour at Sandwich to become silted.

Thames & Medway Canal

Opened.

Tennant Canal

Opened on 13 May 1824.

Calder and Hebble Navigation

Thomas Bradley

He estimated that it would cost 34,533 to build the branch from Salterhebble to Halifax. The enabling Act was passed the following year.

London to Portsmouth Ship Canal schemes

Nicholas Wilcox Cundy

Published a preliminary report proposing a canal 28 feet deep and around 150 foot wide with about four locks 300 feet long by 64 feet wide.

Scarsdale & High Peak Canal project

Joseph Haslehurst

He issued his prospectus for the 44 mile canal.

Birmingham & Liverpool Junction Canal

Thomas Telford

He proposes the idea of a new canal from the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal at Autherley to the Ellesmere & Chester Canal at Nantwich.

Newcastle - Carlisle - Maryport Canal schemes

William Chapman

Wrote a pamphlet explaining that his 1796 route for the canal could be used as the line for a railway.

Aire and Calder Navigation and River Aire

George, junior Leather

He recommended a piecemeal development plan for the main line from Leeds to Castleford with a 7 foot depth all the way. He also recommended a 7 foot depth on the Calder to Wakefield and a new cut.

English & Bristol Channels Ship Canal

Thomas Telford

He published a preliminary report on the scheme.

River Stour (Kent)

Thomas Telford

His report supporting James Morgan's plans for the navigation was approved at a shareholder's meeting. Telford's report increased the dimensions of the entrance piers, basin and channel to Sandwich and estimated the cost of the 18 mile navigation as 67,650. This was later raised it to 76,858.

Leeds and Liverpool Canal

James Fletcher

He supervised the work of repairing the recently colapsed section of Foulridge Tunnel, for which he was granted an increase in salary and 100 guineas "in consideration of his extraordinary exertions in repairing the tunnel".

London to Portsmouth Ship Canal schemes

Nicholas Wilcox Cundy

He criticised James Elme's plan for a tida ship canal and soon afterwards announced his own Grand Ship Canal from London to Arundel Bay.

London to Portsmouth Ship Canal schemes

James Elmes

He produced a plan for a ship canal costing 4m or 5m.

English & Bristol Channels Ship Canal

Thomas Telford

He issued the full report of his survey, conducted with George Nicholls and James Green, proposing a 15 feet deep ship canal from Storford to Beer, through Creech St Michael, Ilminster and Chard, with 30 locks taking 200 ton ships.The estimated cost was 1,712,844 including two harbours.

1825

Aire and Calder Navigation and River Aire

Thomas Hammond Bartholomew

Appointed Surveyor and Clerk of Works to the Aire & Calder, the offical title for their resident engineer.

River Adur

Act of Parliament extended it to West Grinstead.

Alford Canal project

William Tierney Clark

Made a survey based largely on Jessop and Hudsons 1784 report.

River Ancholme

Promoted under Act.

BCN Main Line

The section east of Deepfields was built by Telford between 1825 and 1838, reducing the total mileage from 22.5 to just over 15.

Billericay Canal Project

Alexander Clark

Prepared proposals, with J & H Claytons, surveyors, for this navigation which was never authorised or built.

Billericay Canal Project

J & H Clayton

Prepared proposals, with Alexander Clark, engineer, for this navigation which was never authorised or built.

Bude Canal

Druxton Branch opened.

Bridgwater and Taunton Canal

Josiah Easton

He proposed a ship canal from Combwich to Bridgewater.

Baybridge Canal

May Upton

He estimated a cost of 5,958 to widen the River Adur in places upstream of Bines Bridge and to straighten the channel, provide new cuts over a length of 3 miles and 3 furlongs and to re-build Bines Bridge. This was to produce a navigation 28 feet wide, 4 feet deep with two 7-feet deep locks 75 feet long by 12 feet 6 inches wide.

Calder and Hebble Navigation

Promoted by an Act.

River Don

George, junior Leather

He submits two reports suggesting river improvements. The one for Doncaster was agreed with the corporation but the other between Rotherham and Tinsley was dropped due to an objection.

Durham Canal project

Barrodall Robert Dodd

He is thought to have been the surveyor called in by a group of Durham people to plan a canal to Sunderland.

Gloucester & Sharpness Ship Canal

Promoted by Act.

River Great Ouse

Thomas Telford

He reported on the silting at Lynn and recommended enlarging the Eau Brink by a third.

Hopkin's Canal

William Hopkin

Manuscript map shows this canal, built by Hopkins, who had earlier worked on the Stepney Estate.

Hopkin's Canal

Start date unknown but on a manuscript map of 1825.

Leeds and Liverpool Canal

George Stephenson

His route for a Liverpool & manchester Railway was defeated by opposition from the canal company supported by the Sankey Brook, Ashton and Peak Forest companies.

Liskeard & Looe Union Canal

Robert Coad

Was engineer for the canal.

Liskeard & Looe Union Canal

Authorised by an Act.

Leicester Navigation

Edward Staveley

He was appointed joint engineer with his father.

London to Portsmouth Ship Canal schemes

Francis John William Thomas Giles

He was asked to take the levels for the combined scheme of John Rennie, James Elmes and N W Cundy.

Liverpool Canal project

Francis John William Thomas Giles

He proposed a route linking the Bridgewater, Sankey and Mersey & Irwell by a Mersey aqueduct.

Manchester & Dee Ship Canal project

William Chapman

Reported on a scheme to build a 51 mile canal to carry vessels up to 250-tons from the River Dee to Manchester. He estimated the cost at 1,569,000 pounds.

River Nene

Joseph Aris

Appointed surveyor of the river and inspected the Eastern Division locks in a boat, which he had bought for 36.

River Nene

William, junior Thompson

The western commissioners asked him to survey the river and he found the locks badly constructed and in bad condition. He recommended that a surveyor be appointed "that understands something of the management of canals", the full-time employment of bricklayers and carpenters, the setting up of a repair yard and the booking of all materials.

Padstow - Lostwithiel Scheme

Sir Marc Isambard Brunel

Examined a 13 mile Padstow to Fowey route for a ship canal, including a large tunnel near Lanhydrock. He estimated the cost at 450,000.

River Stour (Kent)

Promoted by Act.

Tees Canal schemes

Henry H Price

He deposited a plan for a 4½: mile ship canal from the lower end of 1810 Mandale cut to a basin at Cargo Fleet, with enrance locks at each end.

Worcester and Birmingham Canal

H Jacobs

He produced plans for a 4 mile branch from the Worcester to Alcester road to join the main line near Dunhampstead Tunnel. This branch was intended to serve the limestone quarries at Broughton Hackett near Upton Snodsbury but the Bill authorising it failed to pass.

River Weaver

Promoted by Act.

Kennet and Avon Canal

John Blackwell

As the company engineer he was instructed to go into the North of England to see the operation of railways and locomotives and to report back to the committee.

Worcester & Gloucester Union Canal project

Thomas Telford

He surveyed the line and estimated the cost as 200,000.

Scarsdale & High Peak Canal project

Thomas Telford

At a meeting in Buxton he reported on the proposed canal line from Sheffield through Penistone to the Peak Forest Canal at Hyde, but the railway scheme that became the Cromford & High Peak Railway had been launched in June 1824.

Trent and Mersey Canal

James Potter

As engineer in charge he began construction of Telford's new Harecastle Tunnel.

Trent and Mersey Canal

Thomas Telford

Work began on his new 2,926 yard Harecastle Tunnel.

River Stour (Kent)

James Morgan

Following a survey he reported that a canal from the proposed Sandown Castle harbour to Deal would cost 30,535 for a 1.75 mile canal that would take 500-ton vessels.

London to Portsmouth Ship Canal schemes

Nicholas Wilcox Cundy

A joint meeting is held to consider his and the other two schemes proposed. The meeting agrees that such a scheme could be achieved for less than 5 million and that it would be of great advantage.

London to Portsmouth Ship Canal schemes

George Rennie

He proposes, with his brother, "a ship canal from London to Portsmouth, capable of conveying Line of Battleships and the largest Merchantmen" 86 miles long, 300 feet wide and 24 feet deep. The route was to be via Guildford, Loxwood and the Avon Valley. The cost was estimated at 7 millon. They were later asked to survey alternative lines.

London to Portsmouth Ship Canal schemes

Sir John Rennie

He proposes, with his brother, "a ship canal from London to Portsmouth, capable of conveying Line of Battleships and the largest Merchantmen" 86 miles long, 300 feet wide and 24 feet deep. The route was to be via Guildford, Loxwood and the Avon Valley. The cost was estimated at 7 millon. They were later asked to survey alternative lines.

Macclesfield Canal

Thomas Telford

Having produced two reports and an estimate he "most unequivocally" declared in favour of the canal.

North Walsham and Dilham Canal

John Millington

Canal cutting started under his direction employing a hundred navies from Bedfordshire.

Mersey & Irwell Navigation

Thomas Telford

He was asked to survey the navigation and suggest improvements. He reported in early August.

Brecknock & Abergavenny Canal

David Davies

A meeting in Hereford decided to seek an Act for a tramroad fromthe Grosmont at Llangua to Wye Bridge, Hereford, on a line surveyed by him.

London to Portsmouth Ship Canal schemes

Nicholas Wilcox Cundy

He issues a report attacking the line and surveying methods of George and John (the younger) Rennie.

Monmouthshire Canal

John Hodgkinson

He was asked to survey the line to extend the Blaenavon tramroad from Pontnewynydd to a junction with the Trosnant tramroad at Pontypool.

English & Bristol Channels Ship Canal

James Green

He surveyed a line for the Taunton branch of the canal.

River Weaver

Samuel Fowls

He was asked to estimate the cost of continuing navigation up to Middlewich, either by way of the Weaver from Winsford or by using the River Dane.

1826

Birmingham & Liverpool Junction Canal

Alexander Easton

Appointed resident engineer.

Birmingham & Liverpool Junction Canal

Thomas Telford

Appointed the engineer for the canal which was started at his suggestion.

Birmingham & Liverpool Junction Canal

Authorised by an Act.

Caledonian Canal

Thomas Telford

He attributes the premature decay of the Gairlochy regulating-lock to it being built with inferior stone, no better being available in the area prior to the canal being in use.

Gloucester & Sharpness Ship Canal

William Clegram

He was appointed harbour master, engineer and general superintendent at 370 per annum and a house.

Glastonbury Canal

John Beauchamp

Surveyed the proposed route of the canal on one level from Highbridge to Glastonbury and estimated the cost as 15,234.

Glastonbury Canal

Richard Hamnett

He suggested two routes for the canal one, along the River Brue, was rejected but the other, which incuded making existing drains navigable, was close to the route adopted by the promoters.

Lancaster Canal - Glasson Dock Branch

The branch was opened in June 1826

Macclesfield Canal

Thomas Telford

He subscribed 1,000 to the canal company.

Macclesfield Canal

Promoted under Acts of Parliament

North Walsham and Dilham Canal

John Millington

He completed the canal.

River Rother (Eastern)

Promoted by Act.

River Witham Navigation

Promoted by an Act.

River Yare

George Baynes

Recorded water levels each hour at Reedham.

Carlisle Canal

Thomas Ferrier

He left the company.

Haddiscoe (or New) Cut - Norfolk & Suffolk Broads

William Chapman

Between 10 April and 1 May he, and five other leading civil engineers, gave evidence to parliament on the Bill to build the cut.

Haddiscoe (or New) Cut - Norfolk & Suffolk Broads

William Cubitt

Between 10th April and 1st May he gave evidence to a formal enquiry into the Bill to authorise the cut. He proposed a doudle lock at Munford bridge with gates pointing both ways and the further use of steam tugs.

River Yare

Benjamin, junior Bevan

Gave evidence in the inquiry into the Norwich & Lowestoft Navigation Company Bill for improvements to the river.

Loughborough Navigation

John Kiddey

It was reported that his new cut and bridge at Kegworth had been completed in a very efficient and workmanlike manner.

Haddiscoe (or New) Cut - Norfolk & Suffolk Broads

Benjamin, junior Bevan

Between 10 April and 1 May he, and five other leading civil engineers, gave evidence to parliament on the Bill to build the cut.

Haddiscoe (or New) Cut - Norfolk & Suffolk Broads

Alexander Nimmo

Between 10 April and 1 May he, and five other leading civil engineers, gave evidence to parliament on the Bill to build the cut.

Haddiscoe (or New) Cut - Norfolk & Suffolk Broads

Thomas Telford

Between 10 April and 1 May he, and five other leading civil engineers, gave evidence to parliament on the Bill to build the cut.

Haddiscoe (or New) Cut - Norfolk & Suffolk Broads

James Walker

Between 10 April and 1 May he, and five other leading civil engineers, gave evidence to parliament on the Bill to build the cut.

Birmingham & Liverpool Junction Canal

Thomas Telford

The Act is passed for the canal for which he is the engineer.

Lancaster Canal

William, Junior Crosley

After completing the Glasson Dock branch he resigns to become engineer to the Macclesfield Canal.

Lancaster Canal

Bryan Padgett Gregson

He took over the role of engineer following the departure of William Crossley.

Macclesfield Canal

William, Junior Crosley

Appointed resident engineer.

River Ancholme

Thomas Bradley

John Rennie writes to the commissioners recommending an assistant for Bradley to improve financial control.

River Ancholme

Sir John Rennie

He wrote to the clerk to the commissioners about the lack of a person to control accounts and measurements and recommended the apointment of a Mr Atkinson to assist the engineer Thomas Bradley.

Thames & Medway Canal

Sir Edward Banks

Advised the City of London about building a short canal in the area at the time of a dispute between the city and the canal company.

1827

River Ancholme

Sir John Rennie

His single-segmental arch stone bridge near Yarborough Mills in Brigg was completed at a cost of 2,524 replacing an earlier structure. Also completed this year was his re-constructed Harlam Hill Lock with the upper gates replaced by a guillotine gate at the cost of 2,027.

Bridgwater and Taunton Canal

Opened from Taunton to Huntworth.

Gloucester & Sharpness Ship Canal

Thomas Fletcher

His job of engineer came to an end with the opening of the canal.

Gloucester & Sharpness Ship Canal

Opened.

Glastonbury Canal

Authorised by an Act.

River Great Ouse

Promoted under Act.

Leeds and Liverpool Canal

Abinus Martin

Was for a short time resident engineer at Liverpool before Walmsley Stanley.

Leeds and Liverpool Canal

Walmsley Stanley

Was appointed resident engineer for the Liverpool side of the canal.

Leicester Navigation

Edward Staveley

He became engineer and superintendent following his father's death.

London to Portsmouth Ship Canal schemes

Nicholas Wilcox Cundy

He issues a third report on the canal - now called the Grand Imperial Ship Canal on the orders of the Duke of Clarence.

London to Portsmouth Ship Canal schemes

George Rennie

He and his brother were consulted by the Admiralty on a proposed canal to be called the Grand Imperial Ship Canal but they thought the scheme was not financially viable.

London to Portsmouth Ship Canal schemes

Sir John Rennie

He and his brother were consulted by the Admiralty on a proposed canal to be called the Grand Imperial Ship Canal but they thought the scheme was not financially viable.

Norfolk and Suffolk Broads

Promoted by Act.

Haddiscoe (or New) Cut - Norfolk & Suffolk Broads

Promoted by Act as the Norwich and Lowestoft Navigation.

River Nene

Joseph Aris

Resigned as surveyor.

River Nene

Benjamin, junior Bevan

Appointed surveyor for the river, following the resignation of the former surveyor, Joseph Aris.

River Nene

Sir John Rennie

He and Thomas Telford are appointed as engineers for the Wisbech cut.

River Nene

Thomas Telford

He and Sir John Rennie are appointed as engineers for the Wisbech cut.

River Nene

Promoted by Act.

North Walsham and Dilham Canal

John Millington

He left his post as engineer.

Portsmouth & Arundel Canal

George Rennie

Reporting jointly with his brother he said that some of the Ford to Huston section of the canal had only been partially puddled, and part not at all, though it ran through soil 'incapable of holding water'. This lead to salt water damaging farmland. They also estimated it would cost 28,333 for the various works required on the navigation.

Portsmouth & Arundel Canal

Sir John Rennie

Reporting jointly with his brother he said that some of the Ford to Huston section of the canal had only been partially puddled, and part not at all, though it ran through soil 'incapable of holding water'. This lead to salt water damaging farmland. They also estimated it would cost 28,333 for the various works required on the navigation.

Stover Canal

James Green

He was asked how the approach to Newton could be improved and he proposed a mile long canal from a basin in the town centre, across the shallows, to a tide-lock at the entrance.

Shropshire Union - Middlewich Branch

Promoted by an Act.

Trent and Mersey Canal

Hall Green and Wardle branches promoted by an Act.

Torrington Canal

Not authorised by Act of Parliament. Opened in 1827.

Bridgwater and Taunton Canal

James Hollinsworth

He was enginner for the canal.

River Nene

Benjamin, junior Bevan

He had the 1818 order banning Grand Junction Canal boats from the river rescinded.

Glastonbury Canal

John Beauchamp

It was announced that 14,000 had been subscribed towards Beauchamp's new estimate for the canal of 18,000.

Glastonbury Canal

E T Percy

He spoke in favour of the project at a meeting in Glastonbury Town Hall.

Trent and Mersey Canal

Thomas Telford

His new Harecastle Tunnel was completed at a cost of 112,681.

Portsmouth & Arundel Canal

George Rennie

He reported with his brother on the Portsea Canal saying " there was no water in it , nor has it, we understand, been used to any considerable extent on account of the very defective manner in which it has been executed, as it is incapable of holding water."

Portsmouth & Arundel Canal

Sir John Rennie

He reported with his brother on the Portsea Canal saying " there was no water in it , nor has it, we understand, been used to any considerable extent on account of the very defective manner in which it has been executed, as it is incapable of holding water."

Grand Western Canal

Charles Dean

He made the first suggestion that the canal should form part of a small ship canal to link Bridgwater to Exeter using new and existing canals at a cost of 500,000 for a navigation taking vessels up to 80-ton or 700,000 for up to 100-ton craft.

Aire & Calder Navigation - Wakefield Section

Thomas Telford

His proposals were accepted for a cut from the Calder above Kirkthorpe lock, crossing the river at Stanley Ferry on a six-pier aqueduct with an iron trough and overhead trusses, then south to Fairies Hill and three new cuts reducing the distance to Castleford.

London & Birmingham Junction Canal project

Thomas Telford

An article appeared in the Aris's Birmingham Gazette in which he is named as engineer for this canal from the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal, pssing under the Oxford Canal, to join the Grand Junction Canal at at Braunston with a branch to the Coventry Canal. This route had only 20 locks compared with 54 via Fazeley and 77 through Warwick.

1828

Aire and Calder Navigation and River Aire

Promoted by Act.

Aylesbury - Abingdon Canal project

William Alexander Provis

He made a new estimate of the costs of the canal which was lower than the previous 200,000 estimate.

Calder and Hebble Navigation

Branch to Halifax opened.

River Don

George, junior Leather

He was asked by the company to survey and estimate for a canal from near Stainforth on the Don to join the Goole Canal of the Aire & Calder Navigation.

Glastonbury Canal

Sir John Rennie

He has consulted and considered three possible sizes of navigation: one 10 foot deep to take sloops and small briggs of 120 to 140 tons, which he considered lager than was needed; one 8 feet deep to take 40 to 60 ton coasters that worked the Bristol Channel; or a 5 feet deep barge canal, which would mean transhipment at Highbridge. He recommended the second with 64 by 18 foot locks at an estimated cost of 28,720.

Kensington Canal

Opened.

Leeds and Liverpool Canal

James Fletcher

He reported together with Walmsley Stanley, his fellow joint engineer, on alternative proposals to improve the River Douglas below Tarleton or to build a new canal parallel to the river.

Leeds and Liverpool Canal

Walmsley Stanley

He reported together with James Fletcher, his fellow joint engineer, on alternative proposals to improve the River Douglas below Tarleton or to build a new canal parallel to the river.

Liskeard & Looe Union Canal

Fully open.

Manchester & Dee Ship Canal project

Alexander Nimmo

He together with Robert Stevenson and Thomas Telford reported on a scheme for a 7-mile ship canal from Hilbre islands off West Kirby parallel to the north coast of the Wirral to Wallasey, to avoid the difficult Mersey entrnce channels.

Manchester & Dee Ship Canal project

Robert Stevenson

He together with Alexander Nimmo and Thomas Telford reported on a scheme for a 7-mile ship canal from Hilbre islands off West Kirby parallel to the north coast of the Wirral to Wallasey, to avoid the difficult Mersey entrance channels.

Manchester & Dee Ship Canal project

Thomas Telford

He together with Alexander Nimmo and Robert Stevenson reported on a scheme for a 7-mile ship canal from Hilbre islands off West Kirby parallel to the north coast of the Wirral to Wallasey, to avoid the difficult Mersey entrance channels.

Barnsley Canal

W T Hall

He became engineer following the death of Joseph Atkinson.

Calder and Hebble Navigation

Thomas Bradley

The opening of his completed Halifax Branch.

Glamorganshire Canal

James Green

He reported to Lord Bute who had requested his advice on improving the port of Cardiff. Green thought that the entrace to the canal was too high up the River Taff so that vessels had difficulty in navigating the winding tidal channel. He proposed a ship canal to get vessels off of the tidal waters, this was to be authoised in the Bute Ship Canal Act of 1830.

1829

Aire and Calder Navigation and River Aire

Ralph Walker

He surveyed a railway from Leeds to Selby and recommended the use of locomotives. His proposal was opposed by the Aire & Calder company but the Act for the railway was passed in June 1830.

Bridgwater and Taunton Canal

William Jessop

He proposed a ship canal from Comwich to Bridgwater.

River Cam

Charles Humfrey

He issued his report on the river and estimated it would cost 5,125 to carry out his recommended improvements. He also suggested that the Jesus Green Sluice, which was a few hundred yards downsteam from the present lock, should be rebuilt and had advice on how barge traffic past the colledge backs could be improved.

Cann Quarry Canal

Opened to Earl Morley's slate quarries.

Exeter Ship Canal

A further Act was passed for this, the oldest post Roman canal in England.

Gloucester & Sharpness Ship Canal

William Brown Clegram

He was appointed clerk to the company.

Isle of Dogs Canal

Became part of London Docks.

River Medway

James Walker

Around this date he became engineer for the Penhurst Canal Company who were extending the Medway Navigation by six miles to Penhurst.

River Nene

Promoted by Act.

Oxford Canal

Promoted by Act.

Oxford Canal (Northern Section)

William Cubitt

Was appointed consult engineer to direct the straightening of the canal between Braunston and Hawksbury. These were completed in 1834.

Oxford Canal (Northern Section)

John Ferguson

Was appointed resident engineer for the work of shortening this section of the canal. The new line opened on 13th February 1834.

Oxford Canal (Northern Section)

Charles Vignoles

He surveyed a shortened and improved line for the canal.

Stourbridge Extension Canal

William Fowler

Around this time he was asked, together with W A Provis and J U Rastrick, to put forward proposals for a canal extension towards Shut End.

Stourbridge Extension Canal

William Alexander Provis

Around this time he was asked, together with William Fowler and J U Rastrick, to put forward proposals for a canal extension towards Shut End.

Stourbridge Extension Canal

John Urpeth Rastrick

Around this time he was asked, together with W A Provis and William Fowler, to put forward proposals for a canal extension towards Shut End. The company preferred his line.

Sankey Brook Navigation

Charles Vignoles

He was commissioned to to make a survey for a route from St Helens to the Mersey.

River Weaver

Promoted by Act.

River Witham Navigation

Promoted by an Act.

Oxford Canal (Northern Section)

Sir Marc Isambard Brunel

Engaged to recommend action on widening and shortening the canal line. He presented his proposals and a bill for 512 19s 7d.

Grand Western Canal

James Green

He presented to the shareholders his idea for extending the canal to Taunton as a tub-boat canal with inclined planes. He was then asked to make a survey on the basis of the line set out in the 1796 Act.

Grand Western Canal

John Easton

Together with James Green he completed a survey for the extension of the canal to the Bridgewater & Taunton Canal.

1830

Birmingham & Warwick Junction Canal

Francis John William Thomas Giles

He was appointed engineeer.

Anson Branch (BCN)

Completed.

Derby Canal

George Stephenson

He was asked by the canal committee to survey a new locomotive line from Smithy Houses to Derby.

Exeter Ship Canal

Major reconstruction of the canal was opened.

River Great Ouse

Promoted under Act.

Hertford Union Canal (Grand Union)

Opened in early 1830.

Kidwelly & Llanelly Canal

The extension to Burry Port started in September 1830.

Leicester Navigation

William Alexander Provis

Around this time he was called in to advise on the problem of reopenning the Forest line. A horse railway throughout the line at the cost of 44,585 was agreed but rejected by shareholders.

Oxford Canal

Frederick Wood

He made a number of chain survey books giving details of locks, bridges, mileposts and other canal features. Some of these were used to assist canal inspections for over a hundred years after they were prepared.

Plas Kynaston Canal

Opened about 1830.

River Rother (Eastern)

George Rennie

Jointly reporting with his brother he blamed the shoals in the river on the admission of tidal water through Scots Float sluice into the upper Rother.

River Rother (Eastern)

Sir John Rennie

Jointly reporting with his brother he blamed the shoals in the river on the admission of tidal water through Scots Float sluice into the upper Rother.

River Rother (Eastern)

Promoted by Act.

Stevenston Canal

Closed about 1830.

Sankey Brook Navigation

Francis John William Thomas Giles

Was appointed engineer for the 3.5 mile extension of the navigation to Widnes.

Sankey Brook Navigation

Authorised by Act.

Thames & Medway Canal

The 3,931 yard Strood Tunnel was opened in the middle for a boat passing place, making two tunnels of 1,515 and 2,347 yards.

River Wear

Promoted by an Act.

Rochdale Canal

William, Junior Crosley

Checked the actual traffic level on the Manchester to Sowerby Bridge turnpike road as part of the canal company's opposition to a proposed railway between these points.

Barnsley Canal

W T Hall

He completed the programme of bridge raising so that "Billy Boys" coasting vessels could use the canal.

London & Birmingham Junction Canal project

Thomas Telford

He withdrew from the scheme after the Bill was rejected due to serious irregularities in the subscribers list presented to parliament.

Grand Western Canal

James Green

He reported that the canal would cost 61,324 with seven lifts and one inclined plane.

Manchester, Bolton & Bury Canal

Alexander Nimmo

He reported on the proposal to convert the canal to a railway line. He said it was possible and gave a rough estimate of costs.

Lancaster Canal

George Stephenson

He was asked to report on the conversion of the company's tramroad into a railway.He recommended retaining the exsisting engine-worked incline from the Ribble bridge, the building of four self-acting inclines and two diversions at a total cost of 11,895.

Rochdale Canal

George Stephenson

He surveyed a railway from Manchester to Sowerby Bridge that ran parallel to the canal from Littleborough to Todmorden. After opposition from the company the Bill was defeated.

Rochdale Canal

James Walker

He was engineer, with George Stephenson, for a proposed Manchester To Sowerby Bridge railway that was to run parallel to the canal between Todmorden and Littleborough.

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