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Waterways Chronology from 1935 to 1944

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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.

1942

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.

1943

River Don

The river at Fishlake was diverted.

River Weaver

C M Marsh

As the navigations engineer he was asked by the Ministry of War Transport to report on the possibility of a navigation for 100-ton vessels to Wolverhampton. He recconded the use of the upper Weaver to Audlem and the upgrading of the Shropshire Union.

1944

Narrow Boat

By L T C Rolt , Published by Eyre & Spottiswoode, but written early April 1940 This classic book which led directly to the founding of the Inland Waterways Association, and the revival of interest in canals.

Cromford Canal

The whole of the canal, except for half a mile, was abandoned.

Huddersfield Narrow Canal

Closed by the LMS Railway Act.

Shrewsbury Canal

Newport Branch (then part of the Shropshire Union) officially closed.

River Thames

The Tideless Thames in Future London by J H O Bunge, Published by Frederick Muller.

River Welland

E G Taverner

He produced a 723,000 scheme for the improvement of the river which included the diversion of some of the River Glen waters to the Welland by means of the Greatford Cut, and a by-pass channel around Spalding to reduce the risk of flooding.

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