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Description: This consists of a navigable length of the River Aire plus the Selby Canal and forms a link between the A&CN main line at Bank Dole and the River Ouse at Selby.
History: Cutting of the Selby Canal started in early 1775, built by William Jessop early in his career and opened in 1778.
He made a survey for a canal from Leeds to Selby and gave a preliminary estimate of £65,350.
He was employed to make a survey for the proposed Leeds & Selby Canal. His canal was to take 50 or 60-ton craft over a 23 mile 1 furlong route which included a long aqueduct and a 400 yard tunnel at an estimated cost of £59,468.
He supported John Longbotham's Leeds & Selby Canal in parliamentary evidence. This scheme was the alternative to the Aire & Calder's Selby Canal.
Under the direction of John Smeaton he drew up plans for a 5.25 mile canal between Haddlesey and Selby.
He attends a parliamentary committee on the projected Leeds & Selby Canal, which he surveyed.
He directs William Jessop in preparing proposals for the new route from Bank Dole to Selby.
Cutting of the Selby Canal started early this year.
Early January 1775
Cutting of the Selby canal began under his direction as engineer at £250 a year.
Early January 1775
He began cutting the canal as resident engineer under William Jessop.
The Selby Canal was built by William Jessop early in his career and opened in 1778.
He was told to errect and finish staithes at Selby immediately. He had already drawn up plans for these.
He was told to put up two more staiths at Selby and to prepare plans and estimates for such warehouses, cranes and lay-bys as he thought necessary there.
He is told to build the Counting House, Warehouse, Crane, Rigging House, Tarring House, Sailmaker's Shop and a place fordepositing old ropes at Selby in accordance with his plans and estimates.
He was told to errect two cranes at Selby, one on the river and oneon the canal with three gantries.
He came to examine William Martins Plans for a Dock and other facilities at Selby following a request to him in August. He recommended that work start immediately when he reported in January 1793.
He said that extra height dam boards had to be used at Haddlesey weir because the 3 feet 6 inches depth of the canal was too shallow.He also said that two miles of the canal had sandy banks which washed and blew into the canal necessitating frequent dredging.