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Basingstoke Canal

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.

January 1770

Benjamin Davis

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.

January 1778

Promoted by an Act.

January 1778

Joseph Parker

He surveyed the line for the canal Act.

January 1787

William Jessop

He was appointed engineer and did the final survey.

January 1794

Opened.

January 1834

Francis John William Thomas Giles

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.

January 1837

Joseph Locke

He was appointed engineer to the London & Southampton Railway which ran alongside and across the canal.

January 1869

Original company wound-up.

January 1910

The 1869 Winding-up order found to be invalid.

January 1916

The Basingstoke Canal. By P Bonthron. First published.

January 1991

Reopened for navigation.

 

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