Text and photographs copyright of Jim Shead.
Top 100 Sites
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.
The locks were closed, by an order under the 1930 Land Drainage Act.
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.
Left his post of manager and engineer.
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
Statutory rights of navigation above Sutton Lock were revoked by an Act.
No traffic after 1935.
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.
The last remaining short length at Highbridge was abandoned.
Middle Level Navigation
Fenland Rivers by Iris Wedgewood, Published by Rich & Cowan - Impressions of the Fen Country.
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)
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".
Inland Waterways of Great Britian and Ireland
By L A Edwards. Navigation handbook Written.
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.
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.
Closed in 1881 but much of it navigable until the 1940s.
The Projected Grand Contour Canal
To connect with estuaries and canals in England, Published by Cotterell & Co. Details of a scheme to build a major trunk canal, going from Newcastle upon Tyne to Hampshire, following the 300 foot contour line. by J F Pownall.
Calder and Hebble Navigation
Halifax Branch abandoned.