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Waterways of Durham

Navigable Rivers and Canals within Durham

Durham Canal project

Waterway's place in Durham :

The whole proposed canal was within Durham.

Waterway Description:

The original idea was for a canal from the Tyne near Gateshead to the navigable part of the River Wear leading to Sunderland with a further canal to Durham.

History:

The long standing suggestion for such a waterway was taken up in 1796, as canal mania swept the country, and was still under active consideration in 1825.

For more details see the Waterway details page.

River Tees

Waterway's place in Durham :

The river traditionally formed the boundary between Yorkshire and Durham but boundary changes and new local authorities in recent years have complicated this former division.

Waterway Description:

Up until 1995 when the Tees Barrage was built below Stockton this was a wholly tidal river. Now there are 11 miles of non-tidal freshwater above the barrage which are used for pleasure boating. Below the barrage there are 13 miles of tidal water to the mouth of the river where it joins the North Sea

For more details see the Waterway details page.

River Wear

Waterway's place in Durham :

The river is entirely within County Durham.

Waterway Description:

This 10 mile tidal navigation runs from Chester-le-Street to Sunderland

History:

Promoted by Acts of 1716, 1726, 1747, 1759, 1785, 1809, 1819 and 1830

For more details see the Waterway details page.

Stockton & Darlington Canal Project

Waterway's place in Durham :

A proposed narrow canal in County Durham.

Waterway Description:

A proposed 27 mile narrow canal between the two towns.

History:

Proposals made in December 1767 and surveyed by Robert Whitworth. The survey was finished and checked by James Brindley in Jult 1769. It was not supported financially because of doubts about profitability.

For more details see the Waterway details page.

Tees Canal schemes

Waterway's place in Durham :

Proposals for County Durham canals.

Waterway Description:

Various schemes for navigations around the River Tees none of which were authorised or built.

History:

Were current in the period 1796 to 1825.

For more details see the Waterway details page.

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