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Description: This canal runs 22.75 miles from Hawkesbury Junction, where it joins the Coventry Canal, to Braunston Junction, where it joins the Grand Union Main Line.
He produced a survey showing alternative lines from The Coventry Canal to Hillmorton, the shorter one, from Gosford Green, being 15¾ miles on one level. Compare this with the 26½ mile canal that was actually built between these points.
He said that the error in taking the levels which resulted in the canal being about 6¾ inches higher than the Coventry Canal was "a most egregious error where a canal is so distress'd for Water". Of the 33 yard tunnel at Wolfhamcote he said "a Bridge wou'd have answered the purpose".
Late January 1793
Surveyed the northern Oxford Canal on beha;f of the Grand Junction Canal Company to show how it could be widened and shortened.
Was appointed consult engineer to direct the straightening of the canal between Braunston and Hawksbury. These were completed in 1834.
Was appointed resident engineer for the work of shortening this section of the canal. The new line opened on 13th February 1834.
He surveyed a shortened and improved line for the canal.
Late January 1829
Engaged to recommend action on widening and shortening the canal line. He presented his proposals and a bill for £512 19s 7d.
He produced a plan for a 12 chain (264 yard) cut north of Hawksbury Junction which would have cut out the awkward turn and shortened the route through to the northern part of the Coventry Canal by 2 miles.
A Canal People: The Photographs of Robert Longden by Sonia Rolt, Published by Alan Sutton Publishing Ltd.