Wey Navigation – Shalford to Godalming

Shalford railway bridge carries the Reading – Redhill/Gatwick route. Major refurbishment took place during 2007/2008 and the offside channel was dredged so boats can now use both arches. Broadford – lovely early morning summer scene Stonebridge Wharf. This was regularly serviced by barges off the nearby Wey and Arun Junction canal and by powder barges which took gunpowder from nearby […]

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Wey Navigation – Town Mill to St Catherine’s

The Town Mill at Guildford. This used to be the unofficial terminus of the Wey Navigation beyond Town Wharf – until 1764 when the Godalming Navigation opened. Despite the older and narrower Town bridge below Millmead records show that barges squeezed through to serve the Mills. The Toll House is the small brick building on the far end of the […]

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Wey Navigation – Stoke to Guildford Wharf

General view of Stoke lock with Beauchamp (not the electric powered one!) The navigation passes the large Slyfield Industrial Park as it makes it way to rejoin the river by Stoke bridge. The start of the ‘flowing river’ constructed by Sir Richard Weston in 1618 was to the left of the lock. The lock’s access road follows in part the […]

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Wey Navigation – Worsfold to Stoke

Worsfold Gates are brought into use when the river is above normal levels. Previously under the old Wey trustees and the Stevens family the gates at Worsfold and Walsham were operated at all times. Between Weybridge and Send the navigation consists mainly of artificial cuts, however from Send to Godalming the navigation uses more of the river. Despite being a […]

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Wey Navigation – Newark to Worsfold Gates

The Navigation splits from the river briefly as it passes Newark Abbey & the old mills. The priory dates from the 12th Century and was dissoluted by Henry 8th A winter view of the navigation by the site of the old Newark Mill. The mill had five floors, three waterwheels and eight pairs of stones. The buildings on the right […]

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Wey Navigation – Parvis to Walsham Gates

The navigation winds past Dodds and Murrays bridges as it heads towards Pyrford. In the early days the navigation met the river below Pyrford. The river has long since been diverted via Wisley, a couple of miles away. Quite a few of the delightful canal bridges have names and dates of construction. This is Dodds. Several of these bridges were […]

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Wey Navigation – Coxes Mill to Parvis Wharf

The imposing Coxes Mill towers over the surrounding countryside Coxes Mill, which has the fairly unusual distinction of being sited on a canal rather than a river. As history puts it, the Wey navigation’s last working boats operated to Coxes Mill until 1969 (with a short resume in the 1980’s.) It can be easily deduced that the remainder of the […]

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Regent’s Canal – Mare Street to Limehouse

Gasometers near Mare Street, Hackney Busy summer scene by Northiam Street Boats and cyclists by Bonner Hall bridge in Victoria Park Old Ford Lock – 10pm at night! The Bow Heritage Trail includes this section of the Regents Canal as well as the adjacent Hertford Union Canal, which branches off below Old Ford Lock. Mile End, Johnsons, Salmon and Limehouse […]

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Regent’s Canal – King’s Cross to Acton’s Lock

London’s hidden canal aqueduct! Goods Way – where the unknown aqueudct is sited. Canal at left, railway at lower right. The location at which the Regent’s Canal’s only aqueduct (officially called ‘King’s Cross Railway Aqueduct’) exists at King’s Cross. The crowns of the railway tunnels underneath the Regent’s Canal were built so close to the bed of the waterway the […]

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Regent’s Canal – Camden to St Pancras

The canal at the top of Camden Market. On the left is the Pirate Castle. The entrance 2 the disused Dead Dog basin is on right Note: Dead Dog basin gave boats access to an underground wharf which formed part of the Camden horse tunnels. Part of the tunnels on a lower level are open and this is actually to […]

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