Text and photographs copyright of Jim Shead.
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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.
The river at Fishlake was diverted.
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.
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.
The whole of the canal, except for half a mile, was abandoned.
Huddersfield Narrow Canal
Closed by the LMS Railway Act.
Newport Branch (then part of the Shropshire Union) officially closed.
The Tideless Thames in Future London by J H O Bunge, Published by Frederick Muller.
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.
The Inland Waterways Association founded.
Sweet Thames Run Softly by Robert Gibbings, Published by J M Dent - A voyage from Lechlade to London with wood engravings and many anedotes.
By Susan Woolfitt, Published by Ernest Benn Illustrated account of the work of "trainee" boatwomen during the Second World War.
Fellows, Morton & Clayton
Sold its fleet to the British Transport Commission.
Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal
The lift bridge at Talybont was replaced by a very low fixed bridge in about 1948.
Thames & Medway Canal
Spritsail Barges of the Thames & Medway by Edgar March, published.
Huddersfield Narrow Canal
Robert Aickman and Tom Rolt (both co-founders of The Inland Waterways Association) made what was probably the last transit of the whole length of the canal, including the three miles through the tunnel.
By Emma Smith, Published by Putnam & Co. Ltd. A novel based on author's experiences as a trainee boat woman during the second world war.
Many waterways nationalised and the British Transport Commision formed to run railways, waterways and docks.
Leeds and Liverpool Canal
The canal was nationalised and he became a member of the Docks & Inland Waterways Executive.
Green and Silver
By L T C Rolt. The story of voyages on Irish Waterways published.
Lower Avon Navigation
It was transferred from John Whitehouse of Evesham, to C D Barwell.
The Crumlin branch was closed.
No traffic after 1949 and much of the canal filled in now.