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Waterways Chronology from 1962 to 1971

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1962

River Avon (Warwick)

Waterways to Stratford by Charles Hadfield & John Norris, Published by David & Charles - The History of the Avon, canal and tramway routes to Stratford.

Dudley Canal Line No 1

From Tipon Junction, through Dudley Tunnel, to Park Head Locks officially closed.

Cromford Canal

The final stretch to Langley Mill was abandoned.

River Don

Early History of Don Navigation by T S Willan, Published by Manchester University Press.

Forth & Clyde Canal

Closed.

Grand Western Canal

Abandoned from Lowdwells to Tiverton.

Lower Avon Navigation

From Evesham to Tewksbury formally reopened on 10 June.

Monmouthshire Canal

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

Stourbridge Canal

IWA National Rally held at Stourbridge to draw attention to the poor state of the canal.

Stratford upon Avon Canal

Waterways to Stratford by Charles Hadfield & John Norris, Published by David & Charles - The History of the Avon, canal and tramway routes to Stratford.

Swansea Canal

Abandoned by a series of Acts from 1928 to 1962

1963

Caldon Branch - Trent and Mersey Canal

A public meeting at Leek, on the 18 February, was followed by the setting up of the Caldon Canal Committtee.

River Great Ouse

Legislation enabled the River Authority to licence boats and charge fees, at last providing money for navigation to a body mainly concerned with drainage.

Grand Union Paddington Branch

IWA National Rally at Little Venice.

Norfolk and Suffolk Broads

Promoted by Acts.

Sankey Brook Navigation

Abandoned.

Upper Avon

An Inland Waterways Association member offers 80,000 to help restore navigation.

1964

Dudley Canal Line No 1

Dudley Canal Tunnel Preservation Society formed on 1 January, and provided boat trips through the tunnel.

Derby Canal

Abandoned.

Stourbridge Canal

In July an agreement was reached between the British Waterways Board and the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal Society to restore the sixteen locks using voluntary labour.

Stratford upon Avon Canal

Official reopening of the southern section on 11 July.

Upper Avon

IWA National Rally at Stratford-upon-Avon.

1965

Edinburgh and Glasgow Union Canal

Abandoned.

Leeds and Liverpool Canal

IWA National Rally at Blackburn.

Norfolk and Suffolk Broads

The Broads by E A Ellis , Published by Collins.

Shrewsbury Canal

First moves made to re-open the canal and the Newport Branch.

Upper Avon

The Upper Avon Navigation Trust was incorporated on 26 August.

1966

Manchester Ship Canal

The original access to the Bridgewater canal, via Bridgewater Locks, was closed.

Peak Forest Canal

IWA National Rally at Marple.

River Thames

Small Boat on the Thames by Roger Pilkington, Published by Macmillan Publishers (UK) Ltd.

1967

Avon Tar Barge

The Avon tar barges worked over the Avon section of the Kennet and Avon, under sail until the First World War. Traffic began during the late 1860s and ended in 1967.

Grand Union Leicester Section

IWA National Rally at Leicester.

River Nene

A Summer on the Nene by D J Watkins-Pitchford, Published by Kaye & Ward - Account of a summer voyage illustrated by the woodcuts of the author.

River Ouse (Yorkshire)

The Yorkshire Ouse. The History of a River Navigation by Baron F Duckham, Published by David & Charles - Inland Waterways Histories series.

Stourbridge Canal

Official reopening on 27 May.

River Thames

The Thames. An Eating, Drinking and Cruising Guide. by Lionel R Munk, 1Published by Batsford.

1968

Kennet and Avon Canal

The Kennet and Avon Canal - written by Kenneth R Clew , Published by David & Charles - An illustrated History.

Leeds and Liverpool Canal

IWA National Rally at Liverpool.

Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal

Restoration work started with work on Brynich Lock, near Brecon.

Middle Level Navigation

The Draining of the Fens by H C Darby , Published by Cambridge University Press.

Oakham Canal

The Oakham Canal by David Tew, Published by Brewhouse Press - Limited edition of 450 with 19 coloured plates and 25 illustrations by Graham Rigby.

River Trent

Portrait of the River Trent by P Lord, Published by Robert Hale.

1969

Birmingham Canal Navigations

IWA National Rally at Birmingham.

Manchester, Bolton & Bury Canal

The Manchester, Bolton and Bury Navigation by H M Tomlinson , Published by Lancashire and Cheshire Antiquarian Society.

Middle Level Navigation

Fenland River by Rodney Tibbs, Published by Terrence Dalton Ltd - The Story of the Great Ouse and its Tributaries.

Thames and Severn Canal

The Thames and Severn Canal by Humphrey Household, Published by David & Charles.

1970

Birmingham Canal Navigations

Birmingham Canal Navigations - A Report on the 'Remainder' Waterways Published by British Waterways Board.

Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal

Official reopening of the canal from Pontypool to Brecon on 16 October.

River Severn

The Severn and its Bore by F R Rowbotham, Published by David & Charles.

Somerset Coal Canal

The Somersetshire Coal Canal & Railways by Kenneth R Clew, Published by David & Charles.

River Thames

Holiday Cruising on the Thames by E & P W Ball, Published by David & Charles

River Wey

IWA National Rally at Guildford.

1971

River Colne

Down Tops'l - The story of East Coast Sailing Barges by H Benham, (2nd edition) Published by George G Harrap & Co. - This illustrated work includes river and creek navigation on the Crouch, Colne and Roach.

Dorset & Somerset Canal

The Dorset and Somerset Canal by Kenneth R Clew , Published by David & Charles.

Market Weighton Canal

Right of navigation through the Humber entrance lock was abandoned under section 112 of the Transport Act 1968.

River Nene

IWA National Rally at Northampton.

Trent and Mersey Canal

The Rise of the Staffordshire Potteries by J Thomas, Published by Adams & Dent.

Wilts and Berks Canal

The Wilts & Berks Canal by L J Dalby, Published by Oakwood Press - History of the canal.

Grand Western Canal

Ownership of the canal was transferred from British Waterways to Devon County Council.

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