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Waterways of Herefordshire

Navigable Rivers and Canals within Herefordshire

Herefordshire & Gloucestershire Canal

Waterway's place in Herefordshire :

A canal that went from Herefordshire to Gloucestershire.

Waterway Description:

Was a 35 mile, 22 lock, narrow canal from the Severn at Gloucester to Hereford with tunnels at Oxenhall (2,192 yards) and Walsopthorne (440 yards).

History:

Authorised by an Act of 1791, some of the canal opened in 1794 and was open from Over to Newent in 1795 (16 miles and 13 locks). The final 18 miles to Hereford was not opened until 1845. Closed in 1881.

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Leominster Canal

Waterway's place in Herefordshire :

This unfinished canal was entirely within Herefordshire.

Waterway Description:

Proposed a s a 46 mile narrow canal from Kington, Herefordshire, via Leominster to Stourport.

History:

Authorised by an Act of 1791, part open in 1794 and 18.5 miles, and 16 locks, open by 1796 but no further progress, or connection to any other waterway, was made. Closed in 1859.

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River Lug

Waterway's place in Herefordshire :

A river entirely within Herefordshire.

Waterway Description:

A tributary of the River Wye.

History:

In 1748 the people of Leominster subscribed to a scheme to improve navigation on the river.

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