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Sunbury to Shepperton Canal

Date

1806

Reference code

BW164/5

Administrative /‚Äč Biographical history

In 1805 William Jessop and John Rennie surveyed the River Thames from Kew to Boulter's lock for the City committee considering Thames improvements. They thought the Kew to Staines section might be improved by building a number of long cuts and five-pound locks. It is likely that the Sunbury to Shepperton canal was part of these intended improvements. However, opposition from landowners meant that plans were revised and in 1809 Rennie suggested 9-pound locks instead. For more details, see 'The Canals of South and South East England' by Charles Hadfield.

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