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Waterways of Devonshire

Navigable Rivers and Canals within Devonshire

Ashburton Canal Project

Waterway's place in Devonshire :

A proposed Devon canal.

Waterway Description:

A proposed canal with 24 locks from Ashburton, down the River Dart Valley, to a point above Totnes, where it was to join the navigable river.

History:

Proposed in 1792 but never authorised.

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Braunton Canal and River Taw schemes

Waterway's place in Devonshire :

Proposals for canals in Devon.

Waterway Description:

Several proposals for navigations around the River Taw Estuary in Devon.

History:

The first canal was proposed in 1810 as part of drainage and enclosure works. Other schemes was suggested in 1813, 1821, 1845 and 1850 but only one cut was ever made.

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Cann Quarry Canal

Waterway's place in Devonshire :

A canal that was entirely within Devonshire.

Waterway Description:

A two mile tub boat canal connecting with the, horse drawn, Plymouth & Dartmoor Railway.

History:

Opened to Earl Morley's slate quarries in 1829 and closed 10 years later.

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Exeter & Crediton Navigation

Waterway's place in Devonshire :

A proposed canal in Devon.

Waterway Description:

Proposed to run from Crediton to Exe bridge but only about half a mile was built.

History:

Proposed in 1792, authorised by an Act of 1801 and abandoned in 1818.

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Exeter Ship Canal

Waterway's place in Devonshire :

The whole canal is within Devon.

Waterway Description:

Runs from Exeter Canal Basin, for just over 5 miles, to the River Exe estuary.

History:

The oldest post Roman canal in England, started in 1563 under an Act passed in 1539. Opened in 1566. Major reconstruction of the canal was opened in 1701 and 1830 (following a further Act of 1829).

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Grand Western Canal

Waterway's place in Devonshire :

The remaining part of the canal that is still open for some boating ativities is wholly within Devon but the canal originally extended to Taunton in Somerset.

Waterway Description:

Runs for 11.36 miles north-east of Tiverton. Open to unpowered and powered boats.

History:

Promoted under Acts of 1796, 1811 and 1812. Opened in 1814, Taunton extension opened in 1838. Abandoned from Lowdwells to Taunton in 1864 and from Lowdwells to Tiverton in 1962.In June 1971 ownership was transferred from British Waterways to Devon County Council.

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Hackney Canal

Waterway's place in Devonshire :

A canal that was entirely within Devonshire.

Waterway Description:

Was a 5 furlong canal, with tide lock, from the quarries near Kingsteigton to Hackney on the River Teign estuary in Devon.

History:

Opened in 1843, traffic ceased in 1928.

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Public Devonshire Canal Project

Waterway's place in Devonshire :

A proposed Devonshire canal.

Waterway Description:

A proposat for a canal connecting the Bristol and English Channels, running from Barnstaple to Exeter, with branches to Exeter and North Tawton.

History:

Commitee appointed in 1793 but by 1795 the plan had been dropped. It was put forward again in 1800, 1824 and 1831 but was never authorised.

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River Dart

Waterway's place in Devonshire :

The whole river is within Devon.

Waterway Description:

This tidal Devon river runs 10 miles from Totnes to Kingswear.

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River Tamar

Waterway's place in Devonshire :

The whole river forms the boundary between Devon and Cornwall.

Waterway Description:

This tidal river runs 19 miles from Weir Head to Plymouth, where it enters Plymouth Harbour and the English Channel

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Stover Canal

Waterway's place in Devonshire :

An abandoned Devonshire Canal.

Waterway Description:

A 1 mile 7 furlongs long canal from the River Teign at Jetty Marsh, Newton Abbot. It had a staircase pair of locks near the entrance and three others above.

History:

Started in January 1790 as a private venture of James Templer of Stover House, Teigngrace. An Act was passed in 1792 to enable him to continue the canal but its powers were never used. The top five furlongs of the canal were in disuse around 1867 and the whole by about 1939.

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Tamar Manure Navigation

Waterway's place in Devonshire :

Much of the navigation was to be in Cornwall but some of it consisted of improvements to the River Tamar on the Devon border.

Waterway Description:

Intended as a river improvement Morwellham to Blanchdown and a tub-boat canal on to Tamerton bridge on the River Bude but only improvements to a 2.75 miles, 1 lock, stretch of the Tamar were completed.

History:

Authorised by an Act of 1796. Ceased to be navigable in 1929.

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Tavistock Canal

Waterway's place in Devonshire :

An abandoned Devon canal.

Waterway Description:

Was a 4 mile tub-boat canal from Tavistock, Devon, to the quay on the River Tamar. There were no locks but there was a 2,540 yard tunnel through Morwelldown and a 237 foot inclined plane. The canal sloped to produce a current to assist navigation.

History:

Authorised by an Act of 1803, opened 1817, Mill Hill branch open 1819, closed in 1873. Now part of an open air museum.

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Torrington Canal

Waterway's place in Devonshire :

An abandoned Devon canal.

Waterway Description:

A six mile tub-boat canal with one lock, an aqueduct and an inclined plane from Torrington to the River Torridge.

History:

Not authorised by Act of Parliament. Opened in 1827, closed about 1871.

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