Information for record number MWA4330:
The Stratford-upon-Avon Canal

Summary The Stratford on Avon Canal dates from the Imperial period. It runs between the Bancroft Basin in Stratford and the Worcester and Birmingham Canal at Kings Norton, Birmingham.
What Is It?  
Type: Canal
Period: Imperial - Industrial (1751 AD - 1913 AD)
Where Is It?  
Parish: Stratford upon Avon
District: Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 16 61
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
Sites & Monuments Record
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1 The Stratford-upon-Avon canal runs from the river Avon at Bancroft Basin in Stratford-upon-Avon to the Worcester and Birmingham canal at Kings Norton junction. Constructed between 1796 and 1815.
2 cf West Midlands SMR No 6734.
3 An Act was obtained by the Corporation in 1793 to enable the cutting of a canal to join the Worcester and Birmingham canal. In 1795 a further Act was obtained to allow the creation of a branch to join the Warwick and Birmingham canal at Lapworth. Work commenced at the north end of the Stratford canal. By 1798 the canal was navigable as far south as Hockley Heath, about half the distance, but a third Act to authorise changes of course had to be obtained in 1799, and this almost exhausted the available funds. The branch to the Warwick canal was completed but then work stopped in 1803. However, the canal was eventually completed as far as Stratford, with the first boat reaching the Avon in 1816.

Source No: 2
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: Bibliographic reference
Author/originator: West Midlands SMR
Date: 1998
Page Number:
Volume/Sheet: PRN 3180
Source No: 3
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: Victoria County History, vol 3, Warwickshire
Author/originator: Salzman L F (ed)
Date: 1945
Page Number:
Volume/Sheet: 3
Source No: 1
Source Type: Record Card/Form
Title: SMR Card
Author/originator: Kilburn C D
Date: 1984
Page Number:
Volume/Sheet: PRN 4361
A view of the Stratford upon Avon Canal at Lowsonford, near Rowington
Copyright: Warwickshire County Council
Date: 1900s
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source SMR Card Sites and Monuments Record Card. The Warwickshire Sites and Monuments Record began to be developed during the 1970s. The details of individual archaeological sites and findspots were written on record cards. These record cards were used until the 1990s, when their details were entered on to a computerised system. The record cards are still kept at the office of the Warwickshire Sites and Monuments Record. back
period Imperial 1751 AD to 1914 AD (end of the 18th century AD to the beginning of the 20th century AD)

This period comes after the Post Medieval period and before the modern period and starts with beginning of the Industrial Revolution in 1750. It includes the second part of the Hannoverian period (1714 – 1836) and the Victorian period (1837 – 1901). The Imperial period ends with the start of the First World War in 1914.
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monument CANAL * An artificial navigable waterway used for the transportation of goods. Nowadays also used for recreational purposes. back
monument INDUSTRIAL * This is the top term for the class. See INDUSTRIAL Class List for narrow terms. back

* Copyright of English Heritage (1999)

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