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1891

Two Girls on a Barge

The story of a two week pioneering canal holiday by V Cecil Cotes, Published by Chatto & Windus.

Bude Canal

Closed by an Act.

Sheffield and South Yorkshire New Junction Canal

Authorised to increase the scope of the coal trade carried in "Tom Puddings".

1892

Proposal to link Bedford to the Grand Union by water.

Norfolk and Suffolk Broads

The Land of the Broads by E R Suffling, Published by Benjamin Perry.

1893

Bridgewater Canal

The Barton Swing Aqueduct was designed by Edward Leader Williams and opened in 1893.

Forth & Cart Canal

Closed.

Leeds and Liverpool Canal

Henry Rofe

As consultant engineer he attended the official opening of the new Winterburn reservoir and presented the Chairman with a silver key in a silver box, with which to perform the opening ceremony.

Leeds and Liverpool Canal

A W Stansfeld

As assistant engineer for the eastern side of the canal he took part in the oppening ceremony of the Winterburn Reservoir.

Bridgewater Canal

Sir Edward Leader Williams

The Barton Swing Aqueduct, which he had designed as engineer of the Manchester Ship Canal, was opened to traffic.

1894

Stretford and Leigh Branch (Bridgewater Canal)

Barton Swing Aqueduct (see also Seven Wonders of the Waterways) over the Manchester Ship Canal opened.

Leicestershire & Northampton Union Canal

Purchased by the Grand Junction.

Mersey & Irwell Navigation

By 1894 most of the navigation had been replaced by the Manchester Ship Canal.

Manchester Ship Canal

The canal was opened on 1 January 1894.

1895

Aire and Calder Navigation and River Aire

William Hammond Bartholomew

Formally retired but continued to work on building the New Junction Canal and as a consultant director untill shortly before his death.

Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigation

William Hammond Bartholomew

Advised the Aire & Calder board not to buy shares in the company due to role of the Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway in the company.

1896

Leeds and Liverpool Canal

A W Stansfeld

Now a director of the company he discussed with Bingley Urban District Council his scheme for generating electricty by water power from the canal. No agreement on charges was reached.

Sheffield and South Yorkshire New Junction Canal

William Hammond Bartholomew

Work on building the new canal began under his direction.

Sheffield and South Yorkshire New Junction Canal

Work started.

River Trent

Frank Rayner

He became engineer and oversaw the deeping of Cranfleet Cut and one or two new craft launched.

1897

Grand Junction Canal

E Bailey Denton

He reported on the problems of sewage in the canal emanating from the Hanwell sewage works into the River Brent near where it joined the canal.

Grand Junction Canal

Gordon Cale Thomas

He and his brother designed an inclined plane to lift boats 75 feet 2 inches at Foxton.

Galton's Canal

Abandoned.

Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal

H J Marten

He was asked by the Brisol and Wolverhampton Chambers of Commerce to report on the possibility of enlarging the upper Severn locks and the canal as for as Aldersley to take 170-ton to 200-ton barges. He said it could be done at moderate cost.

River Severn

H J Marten

He was asked by the Brisol and Wolverhampton Chambers of Commerce to report on the possibility of enlarging the upper river locks and the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal as for as Aldersley to take 170-ton to 200-ton barges. He said it could be done at moderate cost.

1898

Leeds and Liverpool Canal

Henry Rofe

He reported that a second reservior above Winterburn reservior could be built for 126,000 and some trial borings were made but it was not built.

Somerset Coal Canal

Closed in 1898.

River Wharfe

The company formed in 1890 to make the river navigable failed and was wound up.

1899

Aire and Calder Navigation and River Aire

Gerald FitzGibbon

Was appointed engineer.

Leeds and Liverpool Canal

R H White

He estimated tha it would cost another 44,357 to complete the work that was taking place on the Barrowford to Blackburn pound.

1900

Aberdare Canal

Closed.

Cromford Canal

The 3,063 yard Butterley Tunnel was closed due to subsidence.

Market Weighton Canal

The Market Weighton Drainage Act of 1900 abandoned the upper 3.5 miles of the canal.

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