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River Welland

Description: Originally a 34 mile, 12 lock, river and lateral canal navigation from Stamford, Northamptonshire, to the Wash. Now a 22 mile river navigation from near Deeping St. James, Lincolnshire, tidal below Fulney Lock 8 miles 7 furlongs from the Wash.

History: Navigation was authorised by an Act of 1571, but work was not started until 1664. In 1670 the Stamford Canal from Stamford to Market Deeping was opened.

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

January 1571

Navigation was authorised by an Act.

January 1664

Work was started.

January 1670

Stamford Canal from Stamford to Market Deeping opened.

January 1801

John Rennie

He together with William Jessop produced a report on the outfall.

January 1801

Edward Hare

The Deeping Fen Act was passed based on two reports, one of which he prepared with George Maxwell.

January 1801

George Maxwell

The Deeping Fen Act was passed based on two reports, one of which he prepared with Edward Hare.

January 1810

Benjamin Bevan

Reports on the state of the navigation and recommended the building of a sea-sluice at the end of the cut from the reservioir would improve navigation and drainage.

January 1815

John Rennie

He and Thomas Pear both reported on the bad condition of Deeping Fen.

January 1815

Thomas Pear

He reported on the poor condition of Deeping Fen which drained into the river.

January 1818

John Rennie

He and Thomas Pear both reported on the bad condition of Deeping Fen.

Before November 1821

John Rennie

He and Thomas Pear both reported on the drainage of Deeping Fen and recommend the use of steam power.

January 1835

James Walker

He was asked to report on improving the river and recommended enclosing the channel below Fosdyke Bridge in a straight line towards a meeting with the Witham outfall at or near Clayhole and embanking both sides of the channel. The estimate for this was 13,000 together with his other proposals for dredging, deepening and embankments the total estimate was 70,000.

October 1838

James Walker

He surveyed the progress made in deepening and extending the channel below Fosdyke Bridge. This was being done by using fascine training walls as he recommended and was the only part of his 1835 recommendations currently being pursued. He found that vessels with 8 feet draught could get through up to the bridge whereas those with a 3 foot draught had some difficulties three years before.

January 1944

E G Taverner

He produced a 723,000 scheme for the improvement of the river which included the diversion of some of the River Glen waters to the Welland by means of the Greatford Cut, and a by-pass channel around Spalding to reduce the risk of flooding.

 

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