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Description: The canal is being restored but the top five miles of the canal bed (to Basingstoke Wharf) have been sold.
History: Promoted by an Act of 1778. Opened in 1794. Original company wound-up in 1869. Winding-up order found to be invalid in 1910.
See Priestley's Navigable Rivers and Canals for more information.
Surveyed a line from Basingstoke to Monkey Island, below Bray on the River Thames. It was to be a 29 mile barge canal that was estimated to cost £51,000. He chose Monkey Island as the point to join the Thames as it was were the proposed Reading to Isleworth canal was to cross the Thames.
Promoted by an Act.
He surveyed the line for the canal Act.
He was appointed engineer and did the final survey.
He was the engineer for the London & Sothampton Railway whose new line was to pass under the canal, which would cross on a new aqueduct.
He was appointed engineer to the London & Southampton Railway which ran alongside and across the canal.
Original company wound-up.
The 1869 Winding-up order found to be invalid.
The Basingstoke Canal. By P Bonthron. First published.
Reopened for navigation.