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Waterways Chronology from 1880 to 1889

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1880

Mundon or White House Farm Canal

Disused by 1880.

River Tyne

The River Tyne: Its History & Resources by J Guthrie, Published by Andrew Reid - Covers bridge building and other improvements to the Tyne.

1881

Canal Adventures by Moonlight

By George Smith , Published by Hodder & Stoughton. The famous reformers's six day journey from London to Leicester by horse boat.

Aire and Calder Navigation and River Aire

William Hammond Bartholomew

His Aldam Dock at Goole was opened.

Glasgow, Paisley & Johnstone Canal

Closed.

Herefordshire & Gloucestershire Canal

Closed.

Manchester, Bolton & Bury Canal

Sir John Hawkshaw

He reported on the canal's condition to the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway.

Manchester, Bolton & Bury Canal

Edwin Muir

He engineered major construction works following major subsidence problems. This work was to continue until 1888.

Sleaford Navigation

Closed, but much of it navigable until the 1940s.

River Trent

Henry Rofe

He was appointed engineer and general manager.

1882

Donnington Wood Canal

Canal and Lilleshall Branch Canals closed on Christmas Day.

Grand Union Slough Branch

Opened in 1882 the Slough Branch the last GU branch to be opened.

Manchester Ship Canal

Sir Edward Leader Williams

He had his first connection with the project.

Neath Canal

From 1882 to 1886 dividends were not paid.

River Weaver

L B Wells

As company engineer he had discussions with Sir Edward Leader Williams and Emerson & Co following a burst of a press and caission on the Anderton Lift. Thicker cast iron and modified presses were installed.

River Weaver

Sir Edward Leader Williams

He had discussions with the company engineer, L B Wells and Emerson & Co following a burst of a press and caission on the Anderton Lift. Thicker cast iron and modified presses were installed.

Calder and Hebble Navigation

William Hammond Bartholomew

Took charge of the improvement and enlargement of the locks.

1883

Water Gipsies

Or the Adventures of Tag, Rag and Bobtail by L T Meade An illustrated story book for children based on the canal life of England. Published by J F Shaw.

River Humber

William Hammond Bartholomew

He led the successful opposition to a railway bridge across the Humber.

1884

Leeds and Liverpool Canal

Edward Filliter

Estimated a cost of 45,000 for the Winterburn reservior which was to hold 284 million gallons of water.

River Nar

No traffic after 1884.

Norfolk and Suffolk Broads

Norfolk Broads and Rivers, or the Water-ways, Lagoons, & Decoys of East Anglia by G C Davies, Published by Blackwood.

1885

Manchester Ship Canal

Sir Edward Leader Williams

Gave evidence before a parliamentary committee in opposition to the Bridgewater Navigation Company.

Manchester Ship Canal

Promoted by the Manchester Ship Canal Act.

1886

Neath Canal

From 1882 to 1886 dividends were not paid.

River Ouse (Yorkshire)

A F Fowler

He was asked to draw up plans for an enlarged lock at Naburn.

Calder and Hebble Navigation

William Hammond Bartholomew

The company said that he had treated them "very cavalierly" in dealing with the 5,700 dilapidation charges arising from the end of the Aire & Calder's leese of the navigation.

1887

Aire and Calder Navigation and River Aire

William Hammond Bartholomew

In his evidence on the Manchester Ship Canal Bill he said that the navigation took craft up to 187 tons, carriers doing only one-tenth of the carrying.

Manchester Ship Canal

Construction started in November 1887.

Norfolk and Suffolk Broads

The Handbook to the Rivers and Broads of Norfolk & Suffolk by G C Davies, (9th edition) Published by Jarrold Publishing - Illustrations and folding map. This book ran to 18 editions by 1890.

Tennant Canal

James Abernethy

Co-wrote a report stating that except for a portion near the terminus the canal was obsolete.

Tennant Canal

G B Bruce

Co-wrote a report stating that except for a portion near the terminus the canal was obsolete.

River Trent

Frank Rayner

He joined the company as junior engineer.

1888

Aire and Calder Navigation and River Aire

William Hammond Bartholomew

His 500 by 47 feet Victoria entrance lock at Goole was opened.

River Ouse (Yorkshire)

A F Fowler

He suggests a new lock above the Wharfe mouth.

Sheffield and South Yorkshire New Junction Canal

Charles Bartholomew

Appointed director of the newly formed company.

River Weaver

John Arthur Saner

He said that there were only 146 tides a year when vessels drawing 15 feet of water could reach Weston Point docks from the Mersey.

Shropshire Union - Middlewich Branch

Francis W Webb

An experiment, started at his suggestion, for hauling boats using Crewe locomotives running on 18 -inch gauge track over about a mile of the branch. First two then four boats were pulled at 7 mph. Later eight boats were pulled by one engine.

Shropshire Union - Middlewich Branch

George R Jebb

As resident engineer he reported on the cost of providing rails for an experiment with hauling boats using a small 18 inch gauge steam locomotive over about a mile on the branch.

River Ouse (Yorkshire)

A F Fowler

His new Naburn lock, 150 feet by 26 feet, was opened beside the old lock.

Sheffield and South Yorkshire New Junction Canal

James Abernethy

Commissioned to report, with T & C Hawksley, on the construction of a canal between the Trent and Sheffield.In October they recommended new larger locks on the existing waterway.

Sheffield and South Yorkshire New Junction Canal

T & C Hawksley

Commissioned to report, with James Abernethy, on the construction of a canal between the Trent and Sheffield.In October they recommended new larger locks on the existing waterway.

1889

Eardington Forges Canal

Closed when the forges ceased work.

Horncastle Canal

The canal was disused by 1889.

River Ouse (Yorkshire)

A F Fowler

He agrees with L F Vernon-Harcourt's suggestion for a half-tide lock below the Wharfe mouth.

River Ouse (Yorkshire)

L F Vernon-Harcourt

He suggested a half-tide lock at Kelfield below the River Wharfe junction.

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