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Waterways of Hertfordshire

Navigable Rivers and Canals within Hertfordshire

Aspley Bottom Lock No 67 on the Grand Union Main Line.

Grand Junction Canal

Waterway's place in Hertfordshire :

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 Main Line

Waterway's place in Hertfordshire :

The canal crosses from Buckinghamshire into Hertfordshire at Bulbourne Bridge No 133. After about 20 miles it crosses into London just south of Stockers Lock No 82.

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 Rickmansworth Branch

Waterway's place in Hertfordshire :

The whole branch is within Hertfordshire.

Waterway Description:

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London & Cambridge Junction Canal

Waterway's place in Hertfordshire :

A canal that was planned to run from Hertfordshire to Cambridgeshire.

Waterway Description:

A proposal to link Bishop's Stortford on the River Stort to Cambridge on the River Cam thus providing a through route from London to King's Lynn. See also Stort - Cam Canal projects.

History:

Authorising Acts were passed in 1812 and 1814 but little or no work was done.

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River Lee

Waterway's place in Hertfordshire :

For nearly 15 miles from the head of navigation at Hertford Town Mill Bridge to Enfield Lock No 13 the navigation is in Hertfordshire, although for over 7 miles of this distance (from the junction with the River Stort to Enfield Lock) the river forms the county boundary and so is shared with Essex. 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.

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River Stort

Waterway's place in Hertfordshire :

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.

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Stort - Cam Canal projects

Waterway's place in Hertfordshire :

Proposals for a canal from Hertfordshire to Cambridgeshire.

Waterway Description:

Various schemes for linking the River Stort Navigation with the River Cam none of which were authorised or built.

History:

In 1779 the possibility of such a link was being considered by the City of London and Robert Whitworth produced a report in 1780. Other proposals were put forward in 1785 and 1788. Bills were introduced in 1789 and 1811 but not enacted. See also London & Cambridge Junction Canal.

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