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Description: Was a 3.25 mile broad canal from Leven, Yorkshire, to the River Hull below Aike.
History: Authorised by an Act of 1801, completed around 1804, closed in 1935.
See Priestley's Navigable Rivers and Canals for more information.
He was asked "to take a view of the works of the drainage, and of the River Hull, and to report what measures (in his opinion) ought to be pursued to give the best effect to the undertaking; what will be the probable expense of those measures, whether a navigation be compatible with the drainage, and if it be, what additional expense would be required to effect a navigation (as well as drainage) from the outfall to Monk bridge."
He reports that a navigation "will by no means be incompatible with drainage, but rather an advantage to it, if properly executed".
Late January 1799
He was employed by Mrs Bethell to do a survey.
He reported the results of his survey and estimated the cost of the canal as £4,041.
Authorised by an Act.
The authorising Act required him to agree with James Creassy the width, depth and size of lock before work began.
Under the conditions of the authorising Act he was to act as arbitrator should a dispute arise between William Jessop and James Creassy on the dimensions of the canal.
The authorising Act required him to agree with William Jessop the width, depth and size of lock before work began.
Completed around 1804.