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Stratford upon Avon Canal

Description: Runs 25.5 miles from King's Norton Junction, where it joins the Worcester and Birmingham Canal, to Stratford-upon-Avon, where it joins the Avon

History: Promoted by Acts of 1793, 1795, 1799, 1809, 1815, 1817 and 1821. Opened 1816. The Stratford upon Avon Canal Society formed in November 1956. In 1958 the Warwickshire County Council decide to apply for the abandonment of the southern section of the canal and the following year over six-thousand formal objections were lodged concerning Warwickshire County Councils plans to close the canal. The southern section of the canal transfered to the National Trust on 29 September 1960. The official reopening of the southern section was on 11 July 1964.

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

January 1793

Promoted by an Act.

November 1793

Josiah Clowes

He began work building the canal.

January 1795

Promoted by an Act.

January 1799

Promoted by an Act.

January 1799

Samuel Porter

He was engineer when cutting restarted, having previously been Josiah Clowes assistant.

January 1809

Promoted by an Act.

January 1815

Promoted by an Act.

January 1816

Opened.

24th June 1816

William Whitmore

The canal, for which he was engineer for the extension from Kingswood to Stratford, was opened. This length included three aqueducts the longest of which is Bearley.

January 1817

Promoted by an Act.

January 1821

Promoted by an Act.

January 1956

Stratford upon Avon Canal Society formed in November.

January 1958

Warwickshire County Council decide to apply for the abandonment of the southern section of the canal.

January 1959

Over six-thousand formal objections were lodged concerning Warwickshire County Councils plans to close the canal.

January 1960

Southern section of the canal transfered to the National Trust on 29 September.

January 1962

Waterways to Stratford by Charles Hadfield & John Norris, Published by David & Charles - The History of the Avon, canal and tramway routes to Stratford.

January 1964

Official reopening of the southern section on 11 July.

January 1983

Save the Stratford Canal by Guy Johnson, Published by David & Charles - A history of the restoration.

 

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