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Waterways of Buckinghamshire

Navigable Rivers and Canals within Buckinghamshire

Marsworth Top Lock on the Grand Union Canal

Aylesbury - Abingdon Canal project

Waterway's place in Buckinghamshire :

A proposed canal through Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

Waterway Description:

A proposed 36½ mile canal from Wilts & Berks Canal at Abingdon over the River Thames on an aqueduct via Thame and Aylesbury to join the Grand Junction at Marsworth. Never authorised or built.

History:

In 1809 the idea was advocated by the Wilts & Berks as the Western Junction Canal extension to to their navigation. It was revived again in 1813 and 1817 with the support of the Grand Junction Canal company.

For more details see the Waterway details page.

Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway

Waterway's place in Buckinghamshire :

A proposed new waterway between Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

Waterway Description:

A planned 15 mile waterway linking the Great Ouse at Bedford with the Grand Union Canal at Milton Keynes. This scheme is designed to open up the waterways of East Anglia and to form a new cruising ring while at the same time enhancing the local environment and economy.

History:

In 1995 Brian Young had the idea of proposing this link and obtaining funding for it from the Millennium Commission. From this application the Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway Trust was founded and although the millenniem application was not sucessesful the advantages of the scheme were recognised. In 2001 a feasibility study was completed and the project is underway backed by the Waterways Trust, British Waterways, the B&MK Waterway Trust and many other local and national organisations. For the history of earlier schemes see Bedford - Grand Junction Canal schemes.

For more details see the Waterway details page.

Bedford - Grand Junction Canal project

Waterway's place in Buckinghamshire :

A proposed link between the Grand Junction Canal and the River Great Ouse.

Waterway Description:

Various plans for a 15 mile canal to link the Great Ouse with the Grand Junction Canal. See also the Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway.

History:

The route was surveyed by John Rennie in 1812 to provide a canl between Bedford and fenny Stratford. In 1817 a route to the Newport Pagnell Canal was considered and in 1823 one between the Ivel Navigation and the Grand Junction. Another scheme was advanced in 1892.

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Grand Junction - Old Stratford & Buckingham Branch

Waterway's place in Buckinghamshire :

An abandoned Buckinghamshire canal.

Waterway Description:

This branch ran from the Head of Cosgrove Lock on the Grand Junction Main Line to Old Stratford and Buckingham, a distance of 10¾ miles.

History:

Authorised by an Act of Parliament of 28th March 1794. The first part to Old Stratford was completed in August or September of 1800 and to Buckingham on 1st May 1801.By 1904 the last 1¾miles were reported to be barely Navigable and the branch was abandoned in 1954.

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Grand Junction Canal

Waterway's place in Buckinghamshire :

The canal runs through Nothamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and London.

Waterway Description:

The original canal from Braunston to Brentford, plus branches, that now forms part of the G.U. main line.

History:

Authorised by an Act of 1793, 1794, 1795, 1798, 1801, 1803, 1805, 1812, 1818 and 1819, opened in 1805, became part of the Grand Union on 1 January 1929.

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Grand Union Aylesbury Branch

Waterway's place in Buckinghamshire :

From just after Marsworth Staircase Locks No 1 & 2, where the canal crosses from Bedfordshire into Buckinghamshire, to the end of the canal at Aylesbury Basin the branch extends 6 miles into Buckinghamshire.

Waterway Description:

Runs 6 miles from Marsworth Junction to Aylesbury.

History:

Built under the Grand Junction Canal Act of 1794 but completed in 1815.

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Grand Union Main Line

Waterway's place in Buckinghamshire :

The canal enters Buckinghamshire at Wolverton Aqueduct, where it crosses the River Nene and leaves Northamptonshire.It continues in the county until Old Linslade Bridge No 110, where it crosses briefly into Bedfordshire.

The canal returns from Bedfordshire to Buckinghamshire just north of Grove Lock No 28. It crosses into Hertfordshire at Bulbourne Bridge No 133.

Waterway Description:

Runs from Salford Junction to the River Thames at Brentford.

History:

Formed from the Grand Junction Canal (Acts of 1793, 1794, 1795, 1798, 1801, 1803, 1805, 1812, 1818 and 1819); Warwick & Napton Canal (1794, 1796 & 1809); Warwick & Birmingham Canal (1793 & 1796); Birmingham and Warwick Junction Canal .

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Grand Union Slough Branch

Waterway's place in Buckinghamshire :

From the River Colne Aqueduct, where it crosses into Buckinghamshire from London, to the end of the canal at Slough the canal passes through Buckinghamshire for 4 miles.

Waterway Description:

Runs from the GU main line at Cowley Peachy Junction to Slough.

History:

Authorised by an Act of 1879 and opened in 1882

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Grand Union Wendover Branch

Waterway's place in Buckinghamshire :

The whole Branch is within Buckinghamshire.

Waterway Description:

The navigable section now extends past Little Tring Bridge to a rebuilt full size winding hole at the new end of the navigation, about 600 yds beyond Little Tring Bridge. 48 hour mooring applies to the new section.

History:

Built under the Grand Junction Canal Act of 1794 but completed in 1799.

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London Canal Project

Waterway's place in Buckinghamshire :

A proposal for a canal from Buckinghamshire to London.

Waterway Description:

A proposed a by-pass canal, for craft of 200 tons, from Monkey Island, below Maidenhead, to Isleworth.

History:

The route was surveyed in 1770 by Brindley but no Bill was ever put to parliament.

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Monkey Island - Isleworth canal project

Waterway's place in Buckinghamshire :

A proposal for a canal from Buckinghamshire to London.

Waterway Description:

This was a proposal to build a canal from near Maidenhead to Isleworth to provide a route to bypass a stretch of the River Thames where navigation was difficult.

History:

The first scheme was proposed in 1770 and a similar one followed in 1792-4 neither was authorised or built.

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Newport Pagnell Canal

Waterway's place in Buckinghamshire :

An abandoned Buckinghamshire canal.

Waterway Description:

Was a 1¼ mile, 7 lock, narrow canal from Linford on the Grand Junction Canal to Newport Pagnell.

History:

Authorised by an Act of 1814, opened in 1817 and closed in 1863.

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River Thames

Waterway's place in Buckinghamshire :

From Fawley Court at Henley the north bank of the river crosses from Oxfordshire into Buckinghamshire and the river forms the boundary between Berkshire and Buckinghamshire until Runnymede, where the river leaves Berkshire and enters Surrey. The river then forms the boundary bettween Surrey and Buckinghamshire until close to the M25 Motorway Bridge, below Bell Weir Lock, where the river crosses into Surrey.

Waterway Description:

The navigation runs 211 miles from Cricklade Bridge to the Open Sea. The first 135 miles, above Teddington, are non-tidal

History:

The river has been used as a navigation from prehistoric times. Numerous Acts of Parliament have been passed relating to the river from as far back as 1423 and by the height of 'canal mania' in 1793 the river had already been the subject of 23 Acts.

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Western Union Canal project

Waterway's place in Buckinghamshire :

A proposed Buckinghamshire canal.

Waterway Description:

A proposal for a 12 mile canal from the Thames at Maidenhead to the Grand Junction Canal at Cowley.

History:

Plans were deposited in 1795 and it was considered again in 1810. In 1819 an application to parliament was in prospect and this possibility continued up to 1828 but never happened.

For more details see the Waterway details page.

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