Witham Navigable Drains (Stonebridge Drain)

 

The Witham Navigable Drains (Stonebridge Drain) is a broad canal and is part of the Witham Navigable Drains. It runs for 4 miles and 2½ furlongs from Stonebridge Drain - East and West Fen Catchwater Drains Junction (where it joins the Witham Navigable Drains (West Fen Catchwater Drain) and the Witham Navigable Drains (East Fen Catchwater Drain)) to Cowbridge Lock Junction (where it joins the Witham Navigable Drains (Cowbridge Lock), the Witham Navigable Drains (Junction Drain) and the Witham Navigable Drains (Maud Foster Drain)).

The maximum dimensions for a boat to be able to travel on the waterway are 60 feet long and 11 feet wide. The maximum headroom is not known. The maximum draught is not known.

 
 
Stonebridge Drain - East and West Fen Catchwater Drains Junction
Junction of Stonebridge Drain and East and West Fen Catchwater Drains
Westhouses Footbridge ¼ furlongs 0 locks
Northlands Bridge 2¼ furlongs 0 locks
Sibsey Windmill 1 mile and 6 furlongs 0 locks
Sibsey Road Bridge 1 mile and 6¾ furlongs 0 locks
Stone Bridge Farm Bridge 3 miles and 2¾ furlongs 0 locks
Boston Golf Club Bridge 4 miles and ¾ furlongs 0 locks
Cowbridge Drain Aqueduct Pipe Bridge 4 miles and 1 furlong 0 locks
Cowbridge Drain Aqueduct
Aqueduct over Cowbridge Drain
4 miles and 1 furlong 0 locks
Cowbridge Drain Aqueduct Footbridge 4 miles and 1 furlong 0 locks
Cowbridge Lock Junction
Junction of Cowbridge Lock, Stonebridge Drain, Junction Drain (closed) and the Maud Foster Drain
4 miles and 2½ furlongs 0 locks
 
Witham Navigable Drains - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Cowbridge Aqueduct carries the Stonebridge Drain over the Cowbridge Drain ... The Witham Navigable Drains are located in Lincolnshire, England, and are ...
Witham Navigable Drains - Jim Shead's Waterways Information
Description of Witham Navigable Drains: Over 50 miles of cuts and improved ... of Witham Navigable Drains: Although primarily intended for drainage these ...
TNC On Tour 2005 Witham Navigable Drains Page2
Jul 21, 2005 ... Once through the lock we went past the Stonebridge Drain to the north ... red - all of the Witham Navigable Drains polished off in just two days!
TNC On Tour 2005 Witham Navigable Drains Page 1
Jul 20, 2005 ... drainage@w4idb.co.uk http://www.w4idb.co.uk/ Navigation Authority for the following Witham Navigable Drains: Stonebridge, Maud Foster and ...
Information retrieved Wednesday 30 December 2015 at 6:00
 
 
 
 
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The Witham Navigable Drains are located in Lincolnshire, England, and are part of a much larger drainage system managed by the Witham Fourth District Internal Drainage Board. The Witham Fourth District comprises the East Fen and West Fen, to the north of Boston, which together cover an area of 97 square miles (250 km2). In total there are over 438 miles (705 km) of drainage ditches, of which under 60 miles (97 km) are navigable. Navigation is normally only possible in the summer months, as the drains are maintained at a lower level in winter, and are subject to sudden changes in level as a result of their primary drainage function, which can leave boats stranded. Access to the drains is from the River Witham at Anton's Gowt Lock.

The area is bounded by the River Witham to the south and west, and the Steeping River to the north. Since the 11th century, there have been attempts to prevent the fens from flooding, so that they could be used for agriculture. A major advance was made in the seventeenth century, when Adventurers built drains in return for rights to some of the reclaimed land, but the success was short-lived, as Fenmen and Commoners rioted in 1642 and destroyed the works. Further attempts to drain the fens were made in the eighteenth century, and the first proposals to use the drains for navigation were made in 1779.

Most of the drainage ditches that are now evident were constructed under the authority of an Act of Parliament obtained in 1801. The plans for the scheme were drawn up by the civil engineer John Rennie. Better drainage was achieved from the 1860s, with the building of steam pumping stations. The steam engines were later replaced by diesel engines, and now many of them use electric pumps. Sensitive restoration of some of the pumping stations in the 1980s and 1990s resulted in the Witham Fourth District IDB being given a Design Award.

There were originally five locks on the system, including Anton's Gowt Lock. Cowbridge Lock is the only other one still operational. Access by boat to Cowbridge Drain and Hobhole Drain which drain the East Fen is no longer possible, because East Fen Lock, which connected Cowbridge Drain to the rest of the system has been filled in, while the lock chamber at Lade Bank Pumping Station has been reused to house extra pumps. Many of the structures built as part of Rennie's upgrade in the early 1800s survive in near-original condition, and are Grade II listed.

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[River Witham] [The Haven, Boston] [Transport in Lincolnshire] [Anton's Gowt] [List of rivers of England] [Angling records in the UK] [South Forty-Foot Drain] [Barlings Eau] [Foss Dyke]
Information retrieved Tuesday 29 December 2015 at 10:59