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Waterways Chronology from 1855 to 1864

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1855

Netherton Tunnel Branch Canal

The first sod of the Branch was turned by Lord Ward on the last day of 1855.

River Don

Charles Bartholomew

Propossed a single railway line on the banks of the Dutch River from Thorne to Newbridge and then alongside the Aire & Calder to Goole.

Driffield Navigation

Edward Welsh

He was asked to report on how to improve the navigation and found the worst part tp be from Hull bridge to Struncheonhill. He reported that "from the insufficient depths of water in this part. . . the traffic is nearly always interrupted and delayed; and these interruptions are frequently of such duration as to make the passage from Hull to Driffield occupy from four to eight days; whereas" on a spring tide "the passage may be effected in twenty-four hours". He suggested three options: firstly a long cut across the sharp bend near Arram from Eske to a point below the Leven Canal, with a lock on it where the tidal effect was small; secondly a short cut and lock above Eske; and lastly a second lock at Struncheonhill and dredging below it, this being much the most expensive option because of the dredging required.

Forth & Cart Canal

Transferred to the Forth & Clyde company.

River Nene

John Fowler

Around this time he was appointed engineer and built two dams across the river above Wisbech, one at Waldersea and the other at Guyhirne. He also made a submerged weir with a pair of check-gates below the new bridge at Wisbech. This was done as a temporary measure to guard against floods and to reduce bank errosion but the works caused increased silting and much controversy.

1856

Campbeltown Canal

Closed.

River Weaver

Sir Edward Leader Williams

He was appointed engineer, chosen from 110 applicants for the post.

River Don

Charles Bartholomew

Was authorised to buy a steam packet for carrying passengers and parcels between Thorne and Keadby. This was to be a feeder to the Trent packets running between Gainsborough and Hull.

1857

Aire and Calder Navigation and River Aire

William Hammond Bartholomew

Reported that the introduction of two public steam tugs running between Wakefield and Goole had helped to reduce towing charges on the navigation.

Hertford Union Canal (Grand Union)

Sold to the Regent's Canal Co.

Sir Nigel Gresley's Canal

Probably closed in 1857.

Trent and Mersey Canal

George Parker Bidder

As engineer of the North Staffordshire Railway, who were then the owners of the canal, he considered the widening of the canal and running barges on fixed services.

River Weaver

William Cubitt

He wrote of "the extensive and remarkable subsidences which are occuring" on the river due to rock salt mining and brine pumping.

1858

Cannock Extension Canal (BCN)

The last BCN canal to be built opened around 1858 to 1863.

Netherton Tunnel Branch Canal

Opened on 20 August 1858.

Liskeard & Looe Union Canal

Silvanus W Jenkin

He was engineer for the railway line that the canal company were builing alongside the navigation.

1859

Andover Canal

Closed.

Grand Union Regents Canal

John Fowler

He and William Radford prepared a plan for a railway to run beside the canal from Kings Cross to the Regent's Canal Dock but the proposal did not get past the draft bill stage.

Grand Union Regents Canal

William Radford

He and John Fowler prepared a plan for a railway to run beside the canal from Kings Cross to the Regent's Canal Dock but the proposal did not get past the draft bill stage.

Kensington Canal

Filled in.

Leominster Canal

Closed.

River Thames

The Book of the Thames by Mr & Mrs S C Hall, book with many engravings of wild life and scenery.

River Nene

Thomas Page

Following an accident involving a gang of lighters he recommended the removal of the restriction to the river flow, or throttle, at Wisbech.

1860

Donnington Wood Canal

Pitchcroft Branch abandoned after the limestone mine was lost due to flooding.

Little Punchard Gill Boat Level

Closed around 1860.

Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal

Edward Leader senior Williams

The company bought two steam coasters for use on the Severn which he had designed, the Ironside and the Cuurassier. These wer 94 feet long with a 19 feet 6 inches beam built on a wooden frame with an iron plate skin.

Avon Tar Barge

The Avon tar barges worked over the Avon section of the Kennet and Avon, under sail until the First World War. Traffic began during the late 1860s and ended in 1967.

1861

Kilbagie Canal

Closed before this date.

Lydney Canal

Thomas Howard

He recommended the enlargement of the harbour entrance and the deepening of the inner basin.

Aire and Calder Navigation and River Aire

William Hammond Bartholomew

Proposed to the Board the lenghening of the ship lock at Goole, converting it to hydraulic-powered operation and the provision of compartment boats and hoists. The total cost he estimated to be 13,302.

1862

Lives of the Engineers

By Samuel Smiles With an Account of Their Principal Works, 1st edition Published by John Murray After 1862 Three illustrated volumes published between 1862 and 1868. Title continues "Comprising also a History of Inland Communication in Britain"

Middle Level Navigation

Promoted by Act.

Monmouthshire Canal

Promoted by Act.

Aire and Calder Navigation and River Aire

William Hammond Bartholomew

Was authorised by the company to lenghten Ouse ship lock and to build one train of compartment boats.

Aire and Calder Navigation and River Aire

William Hammond Bartholomew

Granted patent number 330 for his system of compartment boats (Tom Puddings) which were used on the canal for over a century.

River Stour (Suffolk)

Mr Jeffries

It was decided that he should build a barge with a steam engine for 400 and that it should be delivered by 25 Decenber. He had previously shown models to the proprietors of the navigation and delivered the steam barge in 1863 but it was not to prove satisfactory.

1863

Cannock Extension Canal (BCN)

The last BCN canal to be built opened around 1858 to 1863.

Newport Pagnell Canal

Closed.

River Ouse (Yorkshire)

William Hammond Bartholomew

His scheme for deeping Goole Reach on the Ouse to take bigger steamers, prepared jointly with Thomas Page, engineer for the Ouse Trustees, was given approval and was completed in 1864.

River Ouse (Yorkshire)

Thomas Page

As engineer for the Ouse trustees he jointly prepared a plan with William Bartholomew, the engineer of the Aire & Calder, for the deeping of the river at Goole by 3 foot to take larger steamers.

River Weaver

Sir Edward Leader Williams

He was told by the trustees to prepare a plan "of a Sea Wall at Weston Point to extend from our present Basin to the Bridgewater Property and Basins for the purpose of affording further accommodation and facilities to the Trade of the River". This led to the building of Delamere dock.

1864

Grand Western Canal

Abandoned from Lowdwells to Taunton.

Millwall Canal

Authorised by an Act.

Newcastle-under-Lyme Junction Canal

Closed.

Dearne and Dove Canal

William Hammond Bartholomew

Increased the capaicity of Cold Hiendley reservoir by 1,000 lockfulls.

River Lee

Nicholas Beardmore

Rammey Marsh Lock opened. Part of a series of major improvements to the navigation that he undertook, starting in 1850.

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