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Waterways of Hampshire

Navigable Rivers and Canals within Hampshire

Andover Canal

Waterway's place in Hampshire :

This canal was entirely within Hampshire.

Waterway Description:

Was a 22 mile, 24 lock, canal from Andover, Hampshire, to Redbridge on Southampton Water.

History:

Authorised by an Act of 1789, completed in 1794, closed in 1859.

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Andover Canal to Basingstoke Canal project

Waterway's place in Hampshire :

A proposed Hampshire canal.

Waterway Description:

Various proposals for linking the two waterways none of which were ever authorised or built.

History:

First proposed in 1783 and discussed at various times up until 1810.

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Basingstoke - Itchen Canal project

Waterway's place in Hampshire :

A proposed canal entirely within Hampshire.

Waterway Description:

Proposals for a connection from the Basingstoke Canal to Southhampton or to the Southampton & Salisbury Canal. Never authorised or built.

History:

At the end of 1789 John Rennie surveyed a route and a plarliamentary notice for the canal appeared in 1790. It was discussed again in 1792, 1796-7 only to be abandoned in 1809.

For more details see the Waterway details page.

Basingstoke Canal

Waterway's place in Hampshire :

From the A331 road bridge just past Ash Vale Railway Station, where the canal crosses into Hampshire from Surrey, to the end of the canal at Up Nateley Bridge the canal is in Hampshire.

Waterway Description:

The canal is being restored but the top five miles of the canal bed (to Basingstoke Wharf) have been sold.

History:

Promoted by an Act of 1778. Opened in 1794. Original company wound-up in 1869. Winding-up order found to be invalid in 1910.

For more details see the Waterway details page.

Beaulieu River

Waterway's place in Hampshire :

The whole river is in Hampshire.

Waterway Description:

Runs from Beaulieu to the Solent at Stone Point (8 miles)

History:

Many of Nelson's wooden war-ships were built at Bucklers Hard.

Points of Interest:

Runs past Beaulieu Abbey and Bucklers Hard, where there is a Maritime Museum.

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Hants & Berks Junction Canal project

Waterway's place in Hampshire :

A proposed canal between Hampshire to Berkshire.

Waterway Description:

A proposed 13 mile canal from the Kennet & Avon Canal at Newbury to Basingstoke Canal at Old Basing.

History:

This connection may well have been part of the original plan for the Basingstoke Canal in 1778 and was suggested in 1793, 1802 and 1810 before it was finally surveyed in 1824. Failed Bills were introduced in 1824 and 1826. The project was dropped in 1829.

For more details see the Waterway details page.

London & Southampton Ports Junction Canal project

Waterway's place in Hampshire :

Proposals for a ship canal from London to Hampshire.

Waterway Description:

Never authorised or built.

History:

Two surveys of the line were made in 1796 one by Joseph Hill and the other by George Smith.

For more details see the Waterway details page.

London - Portsmouth Canal project

Waterway's place in Hampshire :

Proposals for a canal from London to Hampshire.

Waterway Description:

Various plans for a canal linking London to Portsmouth. See also London to Portsmouth Ship Canal schemes and London & Southampton Ports Junction Canal project. Never authorised or built.

History:

In 1803 John Rennie propsed a 100 mile canal with 41 locks from the Croydon Canal to Portsmouth. In 1810 he revived and revised the scheme as the Grand Southern Canal from the Medway to Portsmouth.

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London to Portsmouth Ship Canal schemes

Waterway's place in Hampshire :

Proposals for a canal from London to Hampshire.

Waterway Description:

Various proposals for a ship canal which was never built.

History:

From 1823 to 1828 the scheme was discussed but never got the financial backing it required.

For more details see the Waterway details page.

Portsmouth & Arundel Canal

Waterway's place in Hampshire :

An abandoned canal from Sussex to Hampshire.

Waterway Description:

Was the last link in the inland route from London to Portsmouth, 28 miles and 6 locks from Ford on the River Arun, across Chichester Harbour to Portsea.

History:

Authorised by an Act of 1817, fully opened in 1823. No traffic after 1906.

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Portsmouth, Southampton & London Junction Canal

Waterway's place in Hampshire :

A proposal for a barge canal in Hampshire.

Waterway Description:

A proposal for a 35 mile barge canal from the Itchen at Winchester to the Basingstoke Canal at Aldershot or the River Wey at Godalming.

History:

It was proposed in 1807 but the idea was abandoned in 1809. For related schemes see the Basingstoke - Itchen Canal project.

For more details see the Waterway details page.

River Avon (Hampshire)

Waterway's place in Hampshire :

A river navigation entirely within Hampshire.

Waterway Description:

Although the river was once made navigable for 36 miles from Christchurch to Salisbury boats are no longer able to use the waterway.

History:

In 1535 a commission was appointed to remove weirs and obstructions from the river but no work seems to have been done. In 1664/5 an Act was passed but work did not start until 1675 and the navigation opened in 1684. Traffic ceased about 1705.

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River Hamble

Waterway's place in Hampshire :

The whole of the navigable river is in Hampshire.

Waterway Description:

This tidal river runs 7.5 miles from Hamble to Botley, Hampshire.

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River Itchen

Waterway's place in Hampshire :

The whole river is in Hampshire.

Waterway Description:

A 10 mile and three furlong navigation with 15 locks and two half locks taking craft of 72 feet long with a 13 feet beam. At present the ownership of navigation rights is unclear and the craft are restricted by the lack of locks and the crossing of the M3 and M27 motorways.

History:

Said to have first been made navigable from Arlesford to Southampton around the end of the 12th Century by Godfrey de Lucy, the Bishop of Winchester. In 1665 an Act of parliament was passed to make the Itchen (and other rivers) navigable. Using artificial cuts and locks the river was finally made navigable to Winchester by 1710. In 1767 an Act was obtained setting up a commission to ensure free and fair access to the navigation. Commercial traffic ceased in 1869.

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Salisbury & Southampton Canal

Waterway's place in Hampshire :

An abandoned Hampshire canal.

Waterway Description:

Intended to be a 13 mile canal, in two parts, linking with the Andover Canal to provide a route from Redbridge, on Southampton Water, to Salisbury. Only part built.

History:

Authorised by an Act of 1795. Opened 1802 or 1803, company defunct by 1808.

For more details see the Waterway details page.

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