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Chronology of the Stratford upon Avon Canal

The World
Year
Stratford upon Avon Canal

Canal mania at its height
Cotton gin invented
Louis XVI executed

1793
Initial Act authorising construction

First horse-drawn railroad in England
Metric system adopted in France

1795
Act to alter the line to make junction with the Warwick and Birmingham canal at Kingswood
Smallpox vaccination introduced
1796
Canal opened to Hockley Heath
Atomic theory proposed
1802
24th May, canal opened to junction with Warwick and Birmingham canal
First bicycle
Pride and Prejudice published
1813
Canal opened to Wootton Wawen in July
Economic crisis - massive emigration to USA and Canada
1816
Canal opened throughout on 24th June
Principles of electromagnetism discovered
1821
Reservoir built at Earlswood
Queen Victoria on the throne
Oliver Twist published
1838
Trade in coal peaked at 181,708 tons in the year
Crimean War ended
1856
Canal sold to the Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway Co
Alice in Wonderland published
First Trans-Atlantic cable laid
1865
Ownership passed to the Great Western Railway Co
Berlin airlift
1948
Ownership passed to the state on the nationalisation of railways
Cuban revolution
1956
Stratford Canal Club reformed into the Stratford upon Avon Canal Society
First US satellite launched
1958
12th June, Warwickshire County Council applied for an Act of Abandonment
First microchip made
1959
22nd May, notification that application for warrant of abandonment had failed
16 African nations become independent
1960
29th September, National Trust formally takes over southern section of canal
First man in space
1961
Work started to re-open canal
Beatlemania in USA
1964
Canal re-opened to navigation on 11th July by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother
Lockerbie bombing of 747
1988
Responsibility for the southern section passes to British Waterways on 1st April
Berlin Wall demolished
1989
"SC25" Canal Society organises celebrations of twenty five years since re-opening
Concorde grounded
2000
Canal Society marks the millennium by erecting mile-posts along the full length of the canal
European Union enlarged to 25 members
2004
Canal Society celebrated 40 years since the re-opening
80th birthday of Queen
2006
Canal Society celebrates 50 years since it was formed
 
2012
Management of canal taken on by the Canal & River Trust

 


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Clive Henderson, Membership Secretary, Stratford upon Avon Canal Society,
The Bridge House, Church Lane, Lapworth, Solihull, B94 5NU
Tel: 01564 783672 or email