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Oxford Canal (Southern Section)

Description: Runs 49.25 miles from Napton Junction, where it joins the Grand Union Main Line, to Oxford where it joins the Thames.

History: Fenny Compton Tunnel was opened out in 1870. The name remains and its site can be recognised by the straight stretch of narrow canal in a cutting crossed by several bridges. In 1939 L. T. C. Rolt, on board Cressy, made his historic trip from Banbury, later recorded in his seminal classic canal book Narrow Boat.

January 1677

Andrew Yarranton

In his book England's Improvement by Land and Sea he proposed making the River Cherwell navigable from Banbury to Oxford for 10,000 so that corn from the area could be carried to London.

January 1779

Robert Whitworth

He and Samuel Simcock survey the line for the canal extension from Banbury to Oxford.

June 1785

Samuel Weston

He was commissioned by the company to survey the Cherwell from Banbury to Oxford (as well as the Swift from Cocford to Lutterworth) to see if it could be made navigable. He thought it could.

January 1786

Samuel Weston

A provision in the canal Bill gave him, Samuel Simcock and four others connected with the canal, exclusive carrying rights and two-thirds of the profts in return for building the canal from Banbury to Oxford for 29,000. This was rejected by Parliament.

January 1796

Isis Lock was opened.

January 1870

Fenny Compton Tunnel was opened out. The name remains and its site can be recognised by the straight stretch of narrow canal in a cutting crossed by several bridges.

January 1939

L. T. C. Rolt, on board Cressy, made his historic trip from Banbury, later recorded in his seminal classic canal book Narrow Boat.

January 1955

IWA National Rally at Banbury held 30th July to 1st August.

 

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