River Witham (Black Sluice Navigation)

The River Witham (Black Sluice Navigation) is a broad canal and is part of the River Witham. It runs for 16 miles and 4 furlongs through 1 lock from River Witham - Black Sluice Navigation Junction (where it joins the River Witham (Boston to the Wash)) to Kingston's Bridge (which is a dead end).

The maximum length for a boat to be able to travel on the waterway is 70 feet long. The maximum headroom is not known. The maximum draught is not known.

The navigational authority for this waterway is Canal & River Trust

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River Witham - Black Sluice Navigation Junction
Junction of the River Witham with the Black Sluice Navigation
Boston Lock ¼ furlongs 0 locks
London Road Bridge (Boston) ½ furlongs 1 lock
Spalding Road Bridge 1¼ furlongs 1 lock
Wyberton West Road Pipe Bridge 3¾ furlongs 1 lock
Swineshead Road Bridge 1 mile and 3¾ furlongs 1 lock
Hubbert's Bridge 3 miles and 5¼ furlongs 1 lock
Station Road Bridge (Swineshead) 6 miles and 7¼ furlongs 1 lock
Black Sluice Navigation - Helpringham Eau Junction
Junction of the Black Sluice Navigation and the Helpringham Eau
10 miles and 6½ furlongs 1 lock
Helpringham Fen Railway bridge
Carries the Sleaford - Spalding Railway line
11 miles and 4½ furlongs 1 lock
Donington High Bridge 12 miles and 4¼ furlongs 1 lock
Neslam Bridge 14 miles and 4½ furlongs 1 lock
Black Sluice Navigation - Dowsby Fen Junction
Junction of the Black Sluice Navigation and the Dowsby Fen
16 miles and 3¾ furlongs 1 lock
Kingston's Bridge
Current limit of navigation
16 miles and 4 furlongs 1 lock
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Wikipedia has a page about River Witham

The River Witham is a river almost entirely in the county of Lincolnshire in the east of England. It rises south of Grantham close to South Witham at SK8818, passes Lincoln at SK9771 and at Boston, TF3244, flows into The Haven, a tidal arm of The Wash, near RSPB Frampton Marsh. The name "Witham" seems to be extremely old and of unknown origin. Archaeological and documentary evidence shows the importance of the Witham as a navigation from the Iron Age onwards. From Roman times it was navigable to Lincoln, from where the Fossdyke was constructed to link it to the River Trent. The mouth of the river moved in 1014 following severe flooding, and Boston became important as a port.

From 1142 onwards, sluices were constructed to prevent flooding by the sea, and this culminated in the Great Sluice, which was constructed in 1766. It maintained river levels above Boston, and helped to scour the channel below it. The land through which the lower river runs has been the subject of much land drainage, and many drains are connected to the Witham by flood doors, which block them off if river levels rise rapidly. The river is navigable from Brayford Pool in Lincoln to Boston, with Locks only in Lincoln, at Bardney and at the Grand Sluice. Passage through the Grand Sluice lock is restricted to short periods when the tidal levels are suitable. The river provides access for boaters to the Witham Navigable Drains, to the north of Boston, and to the South Forty-Foot Drain to the south, which was reopened as part of the Fens Waterways Link, a project to link the river to the River Nene near Peterborough. From Brayford Pool, the Fossdyke Navigation still links to the Trent.

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