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Transport, urbanization and economic development in England and Wales c.1670-1911

Transport, urbanization and economic development in England and Wales c.1670-1911

Inland waterways network, 1600-1948

The waterways data include a digitisation of the navigable waterways based on natural endowment or human engineering. The principal sources used were the OS first edition 6 inch series, the excellent series of historical waterways maps produced by Roger Dean, the Canals of the British Isles series by Charles Hadfield et al,, 11 volumes (1967-1985), Royal Commission on Canals and Waterways, BPP, 11 vols, (1906-1911) and H. de Salis, Bradshaw's Canals and Navigable Rivers of England and Wales (1904). The accompanying database includes a variety of attributes including opening, closing and commercial disuse dates for each section of waterway. This enables the network of navigable waterways for any given year from 1600 to 1948 to be generated.

A map of the waterways at various dates in England and Wales is provided below.

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