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Waterways Chronology from 1928 to 1937

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1928

Severn Tankers

These all-steel barges started to operate, mainly at Stourport, Worcester and Gloucester.

Aylsham Navigation

Abandoned.

Hackney Canal

Traffic ceased.

Swansea Canal

Abandoned by a series of Acts from 1928 to 1962.

River Trent

Frank Rayner

He resigned as engineer due to ill-health and was given a seat on the board and was appointed consulting engineer.

1929

Grand Junction Canal

Became part of the Grand Union on 1 January 1929.

River Gipping

The Ipswich & Stowmarket Navigation Co. was wound up.

Grosvenor Canal

Subject to major reconstruction.

Grand Union Canal

Formed in the years 1929 and 1932 by the amalgamation of many old canals.

Tamar Manure Navigation

Ceased to be navigable.

River Tone

There was traffic on the river until 1929.

1930

The Water Gipsies

By Sir Alan Patrick Herbert, Classic story set on the Thames and canals. Published by Methuen London Ltd.

Norfolk and Suffolk Broads

The Norfolk Broads by W A Dutt, (4th edition 407 pages) Published by Methuen London Ltd - The book is in two parts the first, being on the broads and rivers, is written by Dutt but the second part, on various broadland topics, is by local writers.

River Tyne

The River Tyne, Its Trade & Facilities. An Official Handbook... by R W Johnson & R Aughton, Published by Andrew Reid - This illustrated handbook was issued by the Tyne Improvement Commission.

River Nene

H W Clark

Was responsible for rebuilding locks and sluices on the river and building a new lock and weir at Dog-in-a-Doublet.

Royalty Class Boats

Boats of the GUCC fleet of the 1930s, launched to coincide with a programme of widening, dredging and modernisation on the line of the canal, between London and Birmingham. They were named after kings and queens and only six were constructed.

River Cam

Photographs taken between the 1930s and 50s published by Cambridgeshire Libraries Publications in 1996 in the book Along the Cam and the Great Ouse with Briscoe Snelson.

River Great Ouse

The locks from Brownshill to Eaton Scocon were rebuilt in the 1930s when this part of the river was restored by the newly formed Great Ouse Catchment Board.

Grand Union Main Line

The Grand Union Canal Company embarked on a major modernisation scheme.

1932

Erewash Canal

Became part of the Grand Union.

Grand Union Canal

Formed in the years 1929 and 1932 by the amalgamation of many old canals.

Kennet and Avon Canal

Kennet Country by Fred S Thacker, Published by Blackwell Publishers (Basil Blackwell Ltd).

Loughborough Navigation

Became part of the Grand Union Canal.

River Thames

No Boats on the River by Sir Alan Patrick Herbert, Published by Methuen London Ltd - The Thames Water Bus service, with a technical essay by J H O Bunge.

1933

The Heart of England by Waterway

By William Bliss. Published by Witherby.

Grand Union Main Line

In about 1933-37 Bascote top two locks rebuilt as a wide staircase, replacing the single narrow locks.

Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal

Commercial traffic ceased.

Thames and Severn Canal

Abandoned by orders of 1927 and 1933.

1934

River Blyth

The locks were closed, by an order under the 1930 Land Drainage Act.

River Dee

The Wizard Dee. A June Voyage from Bala to the Sea by T W Cubbon, Published by Witherby - Illustrated.

Neath and Tennant Canals

Navigation ceased on the Neath Canal in 1934 and about the same time the Tennant canal stopped carrying commercial traffic.

Thames & Medway Canal

The canal was abandoned in 1934.

River Weaver

John Arthur Saner

Left his post of manager and engineer.

1935

Vagabonding Through the Midlands

Including a pleasure trip by narrowboat from Wolverhampton to Llangollen, by W Byford-Jones, Published by Heath Cranton.

River Avon (Warwick)

Shakespeare's Avon by Ernest Walls, Published by Arrowsmith - Rivers of England series

River Derwent

Statutory rights of navigation above Sutton Lock were revoked by an Act.

Leven Canal

Closed.

Monkland Canal

No traffic after 1935.

Newcastle-under-Lyme Canal

Abandoned in 1935.

Shropshire Union - Llangollen Canal

Vagabonding Through the Midlands by W Byford-Jones, Published by Heath Cranton - Includes a pleasure trip by narrowboat from Wolverhampton to Llangollen.

1936

Caistor Canal

Abandoned.

Glastonbury Canal

The last remaining short length at Highbridge was abandoned.

Grantham Canal

Closed.

Middle Level Navigation

Fenland Rivers by Iris Wedgewood, Published by Rich & Cowan - Impressions of the Fen Country.

1937

Nottingham Canal

Abandoned in 1937 except for the section from the Trent to Beeston Cut which is now part of the River Trent Navigation.

River Stour (Suffolk)

Abandoned.

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