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Description: A proposal for a 35 mile barge canal from the Itchen at Winchester to the Basingstoke Canal at Aldershot or the River Wey at Godalming.
History: It was proposed in 1807 but the idea was abandoned in 1809. For related schemes see the Basingstoke - Itchen Canal project.
He resurveyed the route for a 35 mile barge canal from the Itchen at Winchester through Alresford, Alton and Farnham to either Aldershot on the Basingstoke Canal or Godalming on the Wey Navigation. The summit was to crossed either by a 7 mile railway or (as was later proposed) a two mile tunnel. The cost was estimated at £140,000 with a railway or £200,000 with a tunnel.
Early January 1809
He estimated the cost of the canal with a tunnel at its summit would be £440,790.