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Waterways Chronology from 1948 to 1957

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1948

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.

Maiden's Trip

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.

Nationalisation

Many waterways nationalised and the British Transport Commision formed to run railways, waterways and docks.

Leeds and Liverpool Canal

Robert Davidson

The canal was nationalised and he became a member of the Docks & Inland Waterways Executive.

1949

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.

Monmouthshire Canal

The Crumlin branch was closed.

Nutbrook Canal

No traffic after 1949 and much of the canal filled in now.

1950

British Canals

By Charles Hadfield , the standard book first published by Pheonix.

Grand Union Market Harborough Branch

IWA National Rally at Market Harborough.

Kennet and Avon Canal

In May a stoppage at Burghfield, near Reading, made the canal impassable. This was the last year that the whole canal was navigable before its restoration in 1990.

Lower Avon Navigation

On 1 August the Lower Avon Navigation Trust Ltd was formed to restore the river.

Monkland Canal

Abandoned.

Pensnett Canal

Closed.

The Canals of England

An early canal book with classic monochrome photographs by the author. Written by Eric de Mare.

The Inland Waterways of England

By L T C Rolt, first edition published.

River Great Ouse

Prior to the 1950s the river below Denver was kept clear by the flow from the Great Ouse but since then the relief channel has been built to divert these waters and the bed of the river has risen by about a metre.

1951

River Great Ouse

The Great Ouse Restoration Society formed.

Norfolk and Suffolk Broads

Portrait of the Broads by J Wentworth-Day, Published by Country Life.

River Thames

The Thames from Mouth to Source by L T C Rolt, Published by Batsford.

River Weaver

The Navigation of the River Weaver in the 18th Century by T S Willan, Published by The Chetham Society.

1952

Fletcher's Canal

Completely closed by 1952.

Kennet and Avon Canal

Caen Hill Locks at Devizes were impassable.

Lower Avon Navigation

Avon Lock at Tewksbury had two new gates fitted and repairs were done to the lock chamber..

Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal

The Inland Waterways Association held a rally at Brecon.

Norfolk and Suffolk Broads

Norfolk Broads Holiday Book by John May, Published by Hulton.

Rochdale Canal

Closed to navigation.

River Thames

Time on the Thames by Eric de Mare, Published by The Architectural Press - A guide to the river by this well known waterways writer and photographer.

Norfolk and Suffolk Broads

The Broads by R H Mottram , Published by Robert Hale.

1953

Barnsley Canal

Abandoned.

Lower Avon Navigation

Chadbury lock rebuilt by the Royal Engineers.

Macclesfield Canal

IWA National Rally at Macclesfield.

Middle Level Navigation

The Fens by Alan Bloom, Published by Robert Hale.

Norfolk and Suffolk Broads

Broadland Adventure by J Wentworth-Day, Published by Batsford.

Thames and Severn Canal

Hornblower and the Atropos by C S Forester, Published by Shepperton Swan - A story of Captain Hornblower on a trip from Gloucester to London via the Thames & Severn Canal.

Middle Level Navigation

Vermuyden and the Fens by L E Harris , Published by Cleaver Hume Press.

Norfolk and Suffolk Broads

Norwich and the Broads by J Wentworth-Day, Published by Batsford.

Norfolk and Suffolk Broads

The Norfolk Wherry, Its Construction, Evolution & History by G C Green, Published by G R Reeve - Includes a 12 page picture supplement.

1954

Lower Avon Navigation

Wyre lock, weirs and sluice gates extensively repaired and restored.

Middle Level Navigation

A History of the Fens by J Wentworth-Day , Published by George G Harrap & Co.

Monmouthshire Canal

The main line of the waterway was closed by Acts of 1954 and 1962.

Stroudwater Canal

Closed by an Act.

1955

Grand Union Regents Canal

Canal Cats by Cicely Fraser-Simpson , Published by Blackie & Son Ltd . A small book, set on the Regents Canal, that will apeal to children and cat lovers

Leeds and Liverpool Canal

IWA National Rally at Skipton held 15th and 21st August.

Lancaster Canal

The waterway above Tewitfield was closed by the Transport Act of 1955.

Lower Avon Navigation

Work started on deepening Pershore Lock.

Oxford Canal (Southern Section)

IWA National Rally at Banbury held 30th July to 1st August.

1956

Ashby de la Zouch Canal

Originally from Moria, north of Snarestone, but this section was abandoned in 1956 under the BTC Act.

Fossdyke Canal

IWA National Rally at Lincoln.

Leeds and Liverpool Canal

Sailing Through England by John Seymour, Published by Eyre & Spottiswoode - Account of a long journey on a dutch barge, on East Coast waterways and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

Lower Avon Navigation

Pershore Lock deepened by three feet, new gates fitted and the navigation arches of the old bridge deepened.

Stratford upon Avon Canal

Stratford upon Avon Canal Society formed in November.

River Thames

Thames Waters by Roger Pilkington, Published by Lutterworth Press.

1957

Coventry Canal

IWA National Rally at Coventry.

River Stour (Suffolk)

The Suffolk Stour , Published by Norman Allard - Illustrated.

Trent and Mersey Canal

Thurlwood Lock No 53, Rode Heath, was from 1957 to 1988 the site of Thurlwood Steel Lock, built to overcome subsidence caused by salt workings.

River Thames

Till I End My Song by Robert Gibbings, Published by J M Dent - The story of a move to a Berkshire village that allows the author to enrich his knowledge of part of the Thames.

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