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Waterways of Lincolnshire

Navigable Rivers and Canals within Lincolnshire

The Glory Hole, Lincoln

Alford Canal project

Waterway's place in Lincolnshire :

A proposed Lincolnshire canal.

Waterway Description:

Proposals for a canal from the Lincolnshire town of Alford to the coast. The canal was never built.

History:

The first survey of a route was in 1765. A further reports and estimates were made in 1784, 1807 and 1825. An enabling Act was passed on 5th May 1826.

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Ancholme - Witham Canal project

Waterway's place in Lincolnshire :

A proposed Lincolnshire canal.

Waterway Description:

A proposal for a 14 mile navigation from Bishopbridge on the River Ancholme to Barlings Eua on the River Witham 6.5 miles below Lincoln. Never authorised or built.

History:

The scheme was put forward by the Ancholme commissioners in 1823 and then dropped. The idea was revived in 1841 and 1844 with the support of Sir John Rennie.

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Bell Water Drain

Waterway's place in Lincolnshire :

This navigation is entirely within Lincolnshire.

Waterway Description:

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Caistor Canal

Waterway's place in Lincolnshire :

This navigation was entirely within Lincolnshire.

Waterway Description:

Ran 4 miles, with 5 locks, from the River Ancholme (4 miles south of Brigg) towards, but not reaching, Caistor.

History:

Authorised by an Act of 1793, opened about 1800 and abandoned in 1936.

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Car Dyke

Waterway's place in Lincolnshire :

A Roman navigation from Cambridgeshire to Lincolnshire.

Waterway Description:

A channel connecting the Cam at Waterbeach, via Peterborough to the Fossdyke near Lincoln.

History:

Thought to be a Roman navigation and drainage channel, large parts can still be traced.

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Castle Dyke

Waterway's place in Lincolnshire :

This navigation is entirely within Lincolnshire.

Waterway Description:

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Cowbridge Drain

Waterway's place in Lincolnshire :

This navigation is entirely within Lincolnshire.

Waterway Description:

Also called Kelsey Drain

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East Fen Catchwater Drain

Waterway's place in Lincolnshire :

This navigation is entirely within Lincolnshire.

Waterway Description:

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Fossdyke Canal

Waterway's place in Lincolnshire :

The whole canal is within Lincolnshire.

Waterway Description:

Runs just over 11 miles from Torksey Junction, on the River Trent, to Lincoln High Bridge, where it joins the River Witham Navigation.

History:

Originally a Roman navigation dating back to AD 120, and deepened by Henry I in 1121.

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Frith Bank Drain

Waterway's place in Lincolnshire :

This navigation is entirely within Lincolnshire.

Waterway Description:

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Grantham Canal

Waterway's place in Lincolnshire :

The whole canal is within Lincolnshire.

Waterway Description:

A 33 mile, 18 lock, broad canal from the River Trent at Nottingham to Grantham. Since extensive tree clearing and dredging is now in a navigable condition from above lock 15, through locks 16, 17 & 18 to the A1 near Grantham. Boats of up to 30 feet can wind at the A1 and above lock 18 where small winding holes have been excavated.

Trail-boats can be launched at the Denton slipway normally locked for security. Shorter isolated navigable lengths are at Hickling and Cotgrave.

History:

Authorised by an Act of 1793, opened in 1797, closed in 1936.

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Hobhole Drain

Waterway's place in Lincolnshire :

This navigation is entirely within Lincolnshire.

Waterway Description:

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Horncastle Canal

Waterway's place in Lincolnshire :

This navigation was entirely within Lincolnshire.

Waterway Description:

Was an 11 mile, 11 locks, broad canal from Horncastle to the River Witham.

History:

Authorised by an Act of 1792, which included the purchase of the Tattersall Canal, and another in 1800 to raise extra funds. Opened in 1802, the last boats came to Horncastle in 1878 and the canal was disused by 1889.

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Howbridge Drain

Waterway's place in Lincolnshire :

This navigation is entirely within Lincolnshire.

Waterway Description:

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Junction Drain

Waterway's place in Lincolnshire :

This navigation is entirely within Lincolnshire.

Waterway Description:

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Kyme Eau - Sleaford Canal

Waterway's place in Lincolnshire :

The whole waterway is within Lincolnshire.

Waterway Description:

Originally a 12 mile navigation from Sleaford to Chapel Hill, where it joins the River Witham. This waterway is subject to restoration.

History:

Promoted by an Act of 1792, opened in 1794 and abandoned by an Act of 1878.

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Louth Navigation

Waterway's place in Lincolnshire :

The canal is wholly within Lincolnshire.

Waterway Description:

This abandoed waterway runs 11.75 miles from Louth to a channel joining the River Humber.

History:

Authorised by an Act of 1763 and opened in 1764, fallen into disuse by 1915. It was closed by a warrant of the Minister of Transport on 8 August 1924.

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Lush's Drain

Waterway's place in Lincolnshire :

This navigation is entirely within Lincolnshire.

Waterway Description:

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Maud Foster Drain

Waterway's place in Lincolnshire :

This navigation is entirely within Lincolnshire.

Waterway Description:

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Medlam Drain

Waterway's place in Lincolnshire :

This navigation is entirely within Lincolnshire.

Waterway Description:

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New Bolingbroke Drain

Waterway's place in Lincolnshire :

This navigation is entirely within Lincolnshire.

Waterway Description:

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Newham Drain

Waterway's place in Lincolnshire :

This navigation is entirely within Lincolnshire.

Waterway Description:

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River Ancholme

Waterway's place in Lincolnshire :

The whole river is within Lincolnshire.

Waterway Description:

Runs from Bishopsbridge to South Ferriby on the River Humber. The main line is straight and the countryside is not easily seen over the high banks. It is drainage channel that may not be navigable after heavy rain.

History:

A very old navigation with a patent dating back to 1287. The Ancholme Navigation was promoted under Acts of 1767, 1802 and 1825.

Points of Interest:

There is a Rasen-Ancholme trust which seeks to expand the waterway to Market Rasen.

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River Glen

Waterway's place in Lincolnshire :

The whole river navigation is within Lincolnshire.

Waterway Description:

Runs eleven and a half miles from Tounge End to the junction with the River Welland.

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River Humber

Waterway's place in Lincolnshire :

The south side of the river is in Lincolnshire and the North in Yorkshire.

Waterway Description:

This tidal estuary runs 37 miles from Trent Falls to the sea. The first 17 miles from Tren Falls to Hull provide a link from the Rivers Ouse and Trent, to Kingston-upon-Hull where it joins the River Hull.

Points of Interest:

Pilotage is available and may be mandatory.

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River Nene

Waterway's place in Lincolnshire :

Between Wisbech and Tydd Gate the river marks the bounary between Cambridgeshire and Norfolk. At Tydd Gate the river leaves both counties and enters Lincolnshire and continues in the county until the river reaches the Wash.

Waterway Description:

Runs 91 miles from Northampton, where it joins the Northampton Branch of the Grand Union Canal, to the Wash. The lower 26 miles (from Dog-in-a-Doublet Lock) are tidal.

History:

Promoted by Acts of 1713 (no work done), 1724, 1754, 1756, 1794, 1827 and 1829. Navigation from Thrapston to Peterborough promoted by the 1724 Act and navigation from Thrapston to Northampton promoted by the Act 1756. Navigation from Northampton to Peterborough was opened in 1761.

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River Trent

Waterway's place in Lincolnshire :

At North Clifton the river, which was entirely in Nottinghamshire, becomes the boundary between Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire until Susworth, where the river crosses entirely into Lincolnshire. This contiues to the end of the navigation at Trent Falls, although the last mile to the Humber forms the boundary between Lincolnshire and Yorkshire.

Waterway Description:

The navigation runs 94.75 miles from Wilden Ferry to Trent Falls, where it joins the Rivers Ouse and Humber. The first 42 miles are non-tidal

History:

Promoted by Acts of 1699, 1783, 1794 and 1906.

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River Welland

Waterway's place in Lincolnshire :

The whole river navigation is within Lincolnshire.

Waterway Description:

Originally a 34 mile, 12 lock, river and lateral canal navigation from Stamford, Northamptonshire, to the Wash. Now a 22 mile river navigation from near Deeping St. James, Lincolnshire, tidal below Fulney Lock 8 miles 7 furlongs from the Wash.

History:

Navigation was authorised by an Act of 1571, but work was not started until 1664. In 1670 the Stamford Canal from Stamford to Market Deeping was opened.

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River Witham Navigation

Waterway's place in Lincolnshire :

This navigation is entirely within Lincolnshire.

Waterway Description:

Navigable for 36 miles from Lincoln, High Bridge (the Glory Hole), where it joins the Fossdyke Canal, to the mouth of the river at Hobhole Drain

History:

Promoted by Acts of 1671, 1762, 1808, 1812, 1826 and 1829. Boston Grand Sluice was opened in 1766.

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Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigation

Waterway's place in Lincolnshire :

The final 6½ miles of the navigation, from a point about mile before Medge Hall Swing Bridge to Keadby Lock No 17 at the River Trent Junction, are in Lincolnshire. The rest of the navigation is in Yorkshire.

Waterway Description:

Runs 42 miles, from Sheffield, to Keadby Lock, where it joins the River Trent.

History:

Promoted by Acts of 1793, 1798, 1809 and 1815.

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Sleaford Navigation

Waterway's place in Lincolnshire :

This navigation is entirely within Lincolnshire.

Waterway Description:

Was a 12.25 mile, 7 lock, river navigation from Sleaford to the River Witham, via Kyme Eau.

History:

Authorised by an Act of 1792, opened for navigation in 1794, no commercial traffic by 1878, Act of abandonment passed in 1881 but much of it navigable until the 1940s.

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Stainforth & Keadby Canal

Waterway's place in Lincolnshire :

A canal from Lincolnshire to Yorkshire.

Waterway Description:

Now part of the Sheffield & South Yorkshire navigation bur originally a separate canal.

History:

Authorised by an Act of 1793, opened in 1802.

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Stonebridge Drain

Waterway's place in Lincolnshire :

This navigation is entirely within Lincolnshire.

Waterway Description:

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West Fen Catchwater Drain

Waterway's place in Lincolnshire :

This navigation is entirely within Lincolnshire.

Waterway Description:

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West Fen Drain

Waterway's place in Lincolnshire :

This navigation is entirely within Lincolnshire.

Waterway Description:

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Witham Navigable Drains

Waterway's place in Lincolnshire :

This system of navigable drains is entirely within Lincolnshire.

Waterway Description:

Over 50 miles of cuts and improved streams adjoining the River Witham near Boston

History:

Although primarily intended for drainage these waterways were used for commercial carrying

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