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River Medway

Description: The navigation runs 42 miles from Tonbridge to Sheerness, where it joins the Thames estuary.

History: Navigation was promoted by Acts of 1664, 1740, 1792, 1802 and 1824. Navigation between Maidstone and Tonbridge was promoted by the Act of 1740 and was opened in 1750. Navigation between Halling and Maidstone was promoted by the 1792 Act.

See Priestley's Navigable Rivers and Canals for more information.

January 1664

Navigation was promoted by Act.

January 1740

Navigation between Maidstone and Tonbridge was promoted by Act.

January 1750

The Navigation between Maidstone and Tonbridge was opened about this date.

January 1792

Navigation between Halling and Maidstone was promoted by Act.

January 1802

Navigation was promoted by Act.

January 1824

Navigation was promoted by Act.

January 1829

James Walker

Around this date he became engineer for the Penhurst Canal Company who were extending the Medway Navigation by six miles to Penhurst.

January 1916

The Medway. By P Bonthron. First published.

January 1993

The River Medway by Derek Bowskill, Published by Imray Laurie Norie & Wilson - Guide of the river from Gillingham to Tonbridge with 4 inch to the mile maps.

 

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