Jim Shead Waterways Photographer & Writer
Text and photographs copyright of Jim Shead.
Home Introduction Waterways List Waterways Map Links Books DVD Articles Photo Gallery
Features Contact me Glossary Boats Events List History Local Waterways Help Photo List

Top 100 Sites

Waterways Chronology from 1952 to 1961

Previous PageNext Page

Chronology Index

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.

1958

Lower Avon Navigation

Fladbury Lock deepened by three feet.

Stratford upon Avon Canal

Warwickshire County Council decide to apply for the abandonment of the southern section of the canal.

River Thames

London's Riverside, Past Present & Future by Eric de Mare, Published by Rheinhardt.

1959

River Class Boats

These British Waterways Authority narrowboats date from 1959 and were also known as blue tops.

Ashton Canal

Excluded from British Waterways cruising licence.

Stourbridge Canal

IWA Midlands Branch attempt a "canal busting" cruise through the neglected canal.

Stratford upon Avon Canal

Over six-thousand formal objections were lodged concerning Warwickshire County Councils plans to close the canal.

Shropshire Union Main Line

IWA National Rally at Chester.

1960

Norfolk and Suffolk Broads

The Making of the Broads by S A Manning, Published by Royal Geographical Society.

Stratford upon Avon Canal

Southern section of the canal transfered to the National Trust on 29 September.

Trent and Mersey Canal

IWA National Rally at Stoke-on-Trent.

Severn Tankers

These all-steel barges ceased operations.

1961

The Canal Duke

By Hugh Malet, 1st edition, Published by David & Charles "A biography of Francis, 3rd Duke of Bridgewater."

Ashton, Peak Forest and Macclesfield Canals

Last passage through the Ashton and Lower Peak Forrest Canals prior to their restoration in 1974.

Caldon Branch - Trent and Mersey Canal

The section from Hazelhurst to Froghall became un-navigable.

Grand Union Aylesbury Branch

IWA National Rally at Aylesbury.

Grand Union Regents Canal

London's Canal by Herbert Spencer , Edition: 1st edition 103 pages, Published by Putnam & Co. Ltd . An Illustrated History of the Regent's Canal.

Lower Avon Navigation

Cropthorne/Fladbury water gate removed and channel deepened.

Manchester, Bolton & Bury Canal

Abandoned.

River Thames

The Thames Flows Down by Laurie Osmond, Published by Oxford University Press.

Previous PageNext Page

Chronology Index

 

Jim Shead Waterways Photographer & Writer
Text and photographs copyright of Jim Shead.
Home Introduction Waterways List Waterways Map Links Books DVD Articles Photo Gallery
Features Contact me Glossary Boats Events List History Local Waterways Help Photo List