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Waterways of Worcestershire

Navigable Rivers and Canals within Worcestershire

Caldwall Lock on the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal.

Dick Brook

Waterway's place in Worcestershire :

The whole canal was in Worcestershire.

Waterway Description:

Ran three-quarters of a mile from the Severn, 3 miles below Stourport, to Andrew Yarraton's Blast furnace at Astley. It probably had 2 flash locks.

History:

Was made navigable after 1653 and was probably only used for a short time.

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Droitwich Canal

Waterway's place in Worcestershire :

The whole canal is in Worcestershire.

Waterway Description:

This broad beam canal, sometimes called the Droitwich Barge Canal, runs five and three-quarter miles, from Droitwich junction to the River Severn.

History:

Authorised by an Act of 1768. Originally opened in 1771 and abandoned in 1939. In 1973 the Droitwich Canal Trust Ltd.started to restoring the canal which they then owned. On 1st July 2011 the canal was officially opened.

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Droitwich Junction Canal

Waterway's place in Worcestershire :

The whole canal is within Worcestershire.

Waterway Description:

A narrow canal linking the 1.5 miles between the Droitwich Canal and the Worcester and Birmingham Canal.

History:

Authorised by an Act of 1852 and opened in 1853. Abandoned in 1939 but restored and reopened in July 2011.

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Lower Avon Navigation

Waterway's place in Worcestershire :

From Evesham Lock, which is the junction with the Upper Avon Navigation, to the Mythe at Tewkesbury, where the river crosses into Gloscestershire, the river is in Worcestershire.

Waterway Description:

Runs from Evesham (where it joins the Upper Avon Navigation) to Tewkesbury where in joins the Severn.

History:

Was in the hands of the Perrotts of Craycombe, Fladbury until 1924 when William Fisher took over and formed the Lower Avon Navigation Company. Later it was transferred to John Whitehouse of Evesham, then , in 1949, to C D Barwell. On 1 August 1950 the Lower Avon Navigation Trust Ltd was formed to restore the river. Avon Lock at Tewksbury had two new gates fitted in 1952 and repairs were done to the lock chamber. In 1953 Chadbury lock rebuilt by the Royal Engineers. The following year Wyre lock, weirs and sluice gates extensively repaired and restored and in 1955 work started on deepening Pershore Lock, which was deepened by three feet, new gates fitted and the navigation arches of the old bridge deepened by 1956. Fladbury Lock was deepened by three feet in 1958 and in 1961 Cropthorne/Fladbury water gate was removed and the channel deepened. The whole navigation, from Evesham to Tewksbury, was formally reopened on 10 June 1962.

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River Salwarpe

Waterway's place in Worcestershire :

A unfinished navigation in Worcestershire.

Waterway Description:

Was a river navigation from Droitwich to the Severn.

History:

5 locks built by Lord Windsor around the time of the Restoration but the intended sixth lock was not completed. Bills introduced in 1693 and 1747 but no work done.

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River Severn

Waterway's place in Worcestershire :

For 38½ miles from the head of navigation at Arley Quarry Landing to Tewkesbury Lock No 5, the river is in Worcestershire, although for the last 2½ miles it shares the river with Gloucestershire as the river forms the boudary betwwen the two counties.

Waterway Description:

Navigable for 92 miles from Stourport, where it joins the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal, to Avonmouth, where it joins the River Avon and the Severn Estuary

History:

Promoted by Acts of 1503, 1531, 1532, 1772, 1799, 1803, 1809 and 1814.

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River Stour (Worcestershire)

Waterway's place in Worcestershire :

An abandoned river navigation in Worcestershire.

Waterway Description:

Was a river navigation with 12 locks and 4 half locks between Stourbridge and Kidderminster.

History:

Authorised by an Act of 1662 the improvements were completed in 1667.

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Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal

Waterway's place in Worcestershire :

From the start of the canal at Stourport, where it connects with the River Severn, to a point between Caunsall Bridge No 26 and Whittington Bridge No 27, where the canal crosses into the Staffordshire, the canal is in Worcestershire.

Waterway Description:

Runs 46 miles, from Great Haywood, where it joins the Trent and Mersey Canal, to Stourport, where it joins the River Severn

History:

Promoted by Acts of 1766 and 1790

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Stratford upon Avon Canal

Waterway's place in Worcestershire :

From the aqueduct before Bridge No 8 at Shirley, where the canal crosses into Worcestershire from the West Midlands, to the railway bridge past Bridge No 9, the canal is briefly in Worcestershire.

Waterway Description:

Runs 25.5 miles from King's Norton Junction, where it joins the Worcester and Birmingham Canal, to Stratford-upon-Avon, where it joins the Avon

History:

Promoted by Acts of 1793, 1795, 1799, 1809, 1815, 1817 and 1821. Opened 1816. The Stratford upon Avon Canal Society formed in November 1956. In 1958 the Warwickshire County Council decide to apply for the abandonment of the southern section of the canal and the following year over six-thousand formal objections were lodged concerning Warwickshire County Councils plans to close the canal. The southern section of the canal transfered to the National Trust on 29 September 1960. The official reopening of the southern section was on 11 July 1964.

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Upper Avon

Waterway's place in Worcestershire :

Between I. W. A. Lock at Marlcliffe and Robert Aickman Lock the river crosses briefly from Warwickshire into Worcestershire then back to Warwickshire before making its final crossing into Worcestershire, where it remains for the final 4 miles of the navigation to Evesham Lock and the junction with the Lower Avon Navigation.

Waterway Description:

Runs from Stratford to Evesham where it joins the Lower Avon.

History:

Before the restoration of navigation the last barge is said to have navigated this part of the river in 1873.

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Worcester & Gloucester Union Canal project

Waterway's place in Worcestershire :

A proposed canal between Glousetershire and Worcestershire.

Waterway Description:

A proposed canal from the Gloucester & Berkeley Ship Canal to the Worcester & Birmingham Canal at Worcester.

History:

proposed and surveyed in 1825 but never taken any further.

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Worcester and Birmingham Canal

Waterway's place in Worcestershire :

From the middle of Kings Norton Tunnel (West Hill Tunnel), where the canal crosses into Worcestershire from the West Midlands, to the end of the canal at River Severn junction in Worcester, the canal is in Worcestershire.

Waterway Description:

Runs 30 miles from Worcester Bar (Gas Street Basin, Birmingham) where it joins the Birmingham Canal Navigations, to Worcester, where it joins the River Severn

History:

Promoted by Acts of 1791, 1798, 1804, 1808 and 1815. Opened in 1815.

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