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Waterways Chronology from 1932 to 1941

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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.

1938

River Thames

The Thames From the Towpath by E K W Ryan, Published by St. Catherine Press - "An account of an expedition on foot from Putney to Thames Head".

1939

Inland Waterways of Great Britian and Ireland

By L A Edwards. Navigation handbook Written.

Droitwich Canal

Abandoned.

Oxford Canal (Southern Section)

L. T. C. Rolt, on board Cressy, made his historic trip from Banbury, later recorded in his seminal classic canal book Narrow Boat.

1940

Narrow Boat

Written by L T C Rolt in early April 1940. This classic book which led directly to the founding of the Inland Waterways Association, and the revival of interest in canals, was completed "a few weeks" after the Cressy arrived at Hungerford.

Sleaford Navigation

Closed in 1881 but much of it navigable until the 1940s.

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