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Waterways Chronology from 1895 to 1904

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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.

1902

Norfolk and Suffolk Broads

Broadland Sport by N Everitt, Published by R A Everitt.

River Trent

Sir Edward Leader Williams

Around this time he surveyed the river with a view to building new locks and other improvements to navigation.

Leeds and Liverpool Canal

R H White

A committee of shareholders formed in Bradford in 1901 to investigate the company's affairs reported. They thought the condition of the canal was a credit to him as engineer.

1904

Bradshaw's Canals and Navigable Rivers of England

By Henry Rodolph de Salis A handbook of Inland Navigation for manufactures, merchants, traders, and others. Compiled after a personal survey of the whole of the waterways by the author, published.

Donnington Wood Canal

Abandoned.

Somerset Coal Canal

Abandoned in 1904 although a short length at Limpley Stoke is still used as moorings.

Leeds and Liverpool Canal

A W Stansfeld

He suggested that as he was working full time for the company in his role as managing director he would prefer to become a paid general manager. The board did not agree to this but agreed to increase his salary.

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