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River Ouse (Yorkshire)

Description: Runs 61.75 miles from Swale Nab, where it joins the River Ure navigation, to Trent Falls where it joins the rivers Trent and Humber.

History: Promoted by Acts of 1642, 1657, 1727, 1732 and 1767. Navigation from Widdington Ings to Swale Nab opened in 1769.

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

January 1642

Promoted by Act.

January 1657

Promoted by Act.

4th May 1699

Thomas Surbey

He arrived in York to survey the river. Based on this survey he later recommended a lock, 100 feet long and 20 feet wide, at Naburn.

July 1699

John Hadley

He was engaged to survey the river and concluded a lock was needed ay Naburn.

January 1726

William Palmer

He surveyed the river above York while working for York corporation.

January 1727

Promoted by Act.

January 1727

William Palmer

He produced a survey of the whole river from York to Trent Falls for a new Act of parliament that established trustees for the river. After the Act was passed he was taken on as manager and engineer.

January 1732

Promoted by Act.

January 1748

John, senior Smith

He surveyed the river and recommended vigorous dredging.

January 1752

John, senior Smith

About this time he surveyed the river and produced a plan for a lock at Naburn, which he estimated would cost 5,517.

January 1767

Promoted by Act.

January 1769

Navigation from Widdington Ings to Swale Nab opened.

January 1790

William Jessop

He reported that he was told that there were not more than three seagoing craft a week going above Selby and that this figure included Hull Sloops and small vessels from Gainsborough and Rotherham.

January 1802

William Pontey

He was consulted on the propsal to take a cut from above Strensall to Sheriff Hutton bridge. He approved the idea and was given charge of the work. The cut was open by about the end of June 1804.

January 1833

Thomas Telford

He advised that Thomas Rhodes should be used to look at the problems of the river.

January 1834

Thomas Rhodes

He was called in on Thomas Telford's advice and wrote that the lack of steam traffic on the river was due to the size and shallowness of Naburn Lock and of the river below. He estimated it would cost 33,354 to make York accessible to 200-250 ton vessels. Over half the cost was for a new 140 foot by 36 foot lock with a 7 foot depth over the cill, estimated at 18,261.

January 1863

William Hammond Bartholomew

His scheme for deeping Goole Reach on the Ouse to take bigger steamers, prepared jointly with Thomas Page, engineer for the Ouse Trustees, was given approval and was completed in 1864.

January 1863

Thomas Page

As engineer for the Ouse trustees he jointly prepared a plan with William Bartholomew, the engineer of the Aire & Calder, for the deeping of the river at Goole by 3 foot to take larger steamers.

January 1866

William Hammond Bartholomew

Consulted by the trustees of the river and recommended the extension of Naburn Lock to 136 feet at the cost of 5,250.

January 1871

William Hammond Bartholomew

Reported to the Ouse trustees that regular dredging was required below Naburn Lock.

January 1876

Sir John Coode

Wrote a report proposing a new lock at Naburn to be 140 foot by 32 foot and the purchase of a dredger at a cost of 40,000.

January 1886

A F Fowler

He was asked to draw up plans for an enlarged lock at Naburn.

January 1888

A F Fowler

He suggests a new lock above the Wharfe mouth.

27th July 1888

A F Fowler

His new Naburn lock, 150 feet by 26 feet, was opened beside the old lock.

January 1889

L F Vernon-Harcourt

He suggested a half-tide lock at Kelfield below the River Wharfe junction.

January 1889

A F Fowler

He agrees with L F Vernon-Harcourt's suggestion for a half-tide lock below the Wharfe mouth.

January 1906

A Creer

He suggested a half tide weir below the Wharfe junction.

January 1967

The Yorkshire Ouse. The History of a River Navigation by Baron F Duckham, Published by David & Charles - Inland Waterways Histories series.

January 1975

IWA National Festival at York. The first year that the event was called a festival rather than a rally.

January 1982

Portrait of the Yorkshire Ouse by Ivor H Broadhead, Published by Hale.

 

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