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Waterways Chronology from 1963 to 1972

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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.

1972

Waterways World

First issue of this monthly waterways magazine.

River Avon (Warwick)

The Upper Avon Navigation Act passed.

Dudley Canal Line No 1

In January Dudley Borough Council agree to contribute half the cost of restoring the canal and in September it was offically reopened.

Bridgewater Canal

IWA National Rally at Lymm.

Bude Canal

The Bude Canal by Helen Harris & M Ellis , 192 pages, Published by David & Charles.

Calder and Hebble Navigation

Yorkshire's River of Industry by J Ogden , Published by Terrence Dalton Ltd. The River Calder.

Caledonian Canal

The Caledonian Canal by A D Cameron , Published by Terrence Dalton Ltd.

Grand Junction Canal

The Grand Junction Canal by Alan H Faulkner, Published by David & Charles.

Grand Union Leicester Section

The Leicester Line by Phillip A Stevens, Published by David & Charles - A History of the Old Union and Grand Union Canals.

River Idle

Navigation rights were ended by the Trent River Authority (General Powers) Act 1972.

Leeds and Liverpool Canal

Leeds and Liverpool Canal Craft by G Wheat, Published by Northern Counties Carriers.

Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal

Cruising along the Mon. & Brecon by J Eyles, Published by Starling Press.

Middle Level Navigation

Fenland Barge Traffic by J K Wilson & Alan H Faulkner, Published by Robert Wilson - Based on a thesis by J K Wilson.

Norfolk and Suffolk Broads

Black Sailed Traders by R Clark, Published by David & Charles.

Royal Military Canal

The Royal Military Canal by P A L Vine, Published by David & Charles.

Upper Avon

The Upper Avon Navigation Act passed making the Upper Avon Navigation Trust Ltd the navigation authority for the river.

Norfolk and Suffolk Broads

Holiday Cruising on the Broads & Fens by L A Edwards, Published by David & Charles.

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