29th April 2021, 19:00 - 20:00
Thursday 29 April 2021
7pm – 8pm
Online via Zoom
In 1816, The Wey & Arun Junction Canal opened to great fanfare, linking the Wey Navigation near Guildford to the south coast via the Arun Navigation. Conceived during the Napoleonic Wars, the Canal was intended to provide a safe, efficient route from London to Portsmouth to carry goods supplying the dockyards. In its heyday, the Canal did carry many tons of cargo but the end of the war with France, and the arrival of the railways, sounded the death knell for the Wey & Arun as a business, and by 1871 it was formally closed.
The Society is delighted to have arranged a talk by Simon Knapman of the Wey and Arun Canal Trust. Simon’s talk will last about 45 minutes and he is happy to answer any questions we may have at the end. He will talk about why the canal was built, its origins and history and Simon has many photographs to illustrate his talk. We will find out about the route including some statistics, the decline and fall and hear all about the restoration of the canal so far. Simon will also tell us where the Trust is focussing its efforts at the moment and outline their current boat operations and lots, lots more.
The cost is £5 members and £6.50 non-members.
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