Jim Shead Waterways Photographer & Writer
Text and photographs copyright of Jim Shead.
Home Introduction Waterways List Waterways Map Links Books DVD Articles Photo Gallery
Features Contact me Glossary Boats Events List History Local Waterways Help Photo List

Top 100 Sites

Waterways of Essex

Navigable Rivers and Canals within Essex

Carthagena Lock on the River Lee.

Billericay Canal Project

Waterway's place in Essex :

A proposed canal entirely within Essex.

Waterway Description:

In 1825 a 7.3 mile canal with a fall of 181 feet was proposed to the town. It would have been an expensive navigation to build and Billericay's trade could not justify the capital required.

For more details see the Waterway details page.

Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation

Waterway's place in Essex :

The whole navigation is within Essex.

Waterway Description:

Runs from Chelmsford Basin to Heybridge Sea Lock at the mouth of the Blackwater.

History:

Promoted under Acts of 1766 and 1793. Opened in 1797.

Points of Interest:

In dry seasons water is very limited and strict limits are placed on the use of locks.

For more details see the Waterway details page.

Mardyke Canal

Waterway's place in Essex :

A canal entirely within Essex.

Waterway Description:

About 5 miles of navigable drains from Purfleet to Bulphan Fen.

History:

Originally a stream with a navigable lower section where it joined the Thames. Proposal for making it navigable for a greater distance started in 1776. Never authorised but used by "dumpy barges" around 1870.

For more details see the Waterway details page.

Mundon or White House Farm Canal

Waterway's place in Essex :

This canal was entirely within Essex.

Waterway Description:

Was a 1.25 mile private canal from Southey Creek on the Blackwater to White House Farm, Mundon, Essex.

History:

Built in 1832, disused by 1880.

For more details see the Waterway details page.

River Colne

Waterway's place in Essex :

The whole river is in Essex.

Waterway Description:

A tidal navigation from Colchester to Colne Point. The top three and a half miles are practically dry at low water.

History:

Promoted by acts of 1623, 1689, 1718, 1740, 1750 and 1781.

Points of Interest:

Maximum length 195 foot, width 28 foot.

For more details see the Waterway details page.

River Crouch

Waterway's place in Essex :

The whole river is in Essex.

Waterway Description:

This tidal navigation runs 17.5 miles, from Battlebridge Mill, Essex, to Holliwell Point.

For more details see the Waterway details page.

River Lee

Waterway's place in Essex :

For over 7 miles, from Enfield Lock No 13 the navigation forms the Essex county boundary and so is shared with Hertfordshire. At Enfield Lock the navigation enters London.

Waterway Description:

The River runs over 27 miles from Hertford to Limehouse Basin, where it joins the Thames. There are a number of tributaries and connecting waterways.

History:

Promoted under Acts of 1424, 1430, 1571, 1739, 1767,1779, 1805 and 1850.

For more details see the Waterway details page.

River Roach

Waterway's place in Essex :

The river is entirely within Essex.

Waterway Description:

This 9.25 mile tributary of the River Crouch runs from Wallingsea Ness, near Rochford, Essex, to the junction with the River Crouch.

For more details see the Waterway details page.

River Stort

Waterway's place in Essex :

The river forms the boundary between Essex and Hertfordshire for nearly all of its course. At Sawbridgeworth there is a short stretch that is wholly in Hertfordshire and at Parndon Lock No 11 a short length that is wholly in Essex.

Waterway Description:

Runs 13.75 miles, from Bishop's Stortford, to south-west of Roydon, where it joins the River Lee.

History:

Acts passed in 1759 (but no work done) and 1766, fully open in 1769.

For more details see the Waterway details page.

River Stour (Suffolk)

Waterway's place in Essex :

The river forms the boundary between Suffolk and Essex so practically the whole river is shared by both counties. Some changes to the course of the river over the years have caused the river to cross wholly in to one county or the other for short distances.

Waterway Description:

Runs 35.5 miles from Sudbury to Harwich where it joins the sea

History:

Promoted under Acts of 1705 and 1781. Opened about 1709. Abandoned 1937.

Points of Interest:

Famous as the subject of John Constable's paintings. Constable lived at Flatford Mill and Gainsborough was born at Sudbury.

For more details see the Waterway details page.

River Thames

Waterway's place in Essex :

From Dartford Creek to the estuary the river forms the boundary between Essex on the north bank and Kent on the south.

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.

For more details see the Waterway details page.

External Web Sites Related to Essex Waterways

Powered by WebRing.

 

Jim Shead Waterways Photographer & Writer
Text and photographs copyright of Jim Shead.
Home Introduction Waterways List Waterways Map Links Books DVD Articles Photo Gallery
Features Contact me Glossary Boats Events List History Local Waterways Help Photo List