The Itchen Navigation, by Edwin Course

The Itchen Navigation, by Edwin Course

Published by the Hampshire Industrial Archaeology Society in 2011, 31 pages. A4 size booklet (N7810)

From the preface: Edwin Course's book on 'The Itchen Navigation" was published in January 1983. It comprises two sections" a history of the navigation and a description of the navigation as it existed in the early 1980s. Most of the photographs in the second section were taken by Edwin himself over the twenty years from 1960 to 1982.

Much has happened in the thirty years since publication. M3 has been built behind St Catherine's Hill and across Twyford Down, crossing the navigation at Hockley. The routes of the old Winchester bypass and the Didcot, Newbury and Southampton railway line, both alongside the navigation, have been returned to grass. The navigation never had significant water-borne traffic and the structure of many of the locks has deteriorated over a century and a half of disuse...

The Hampshire Industrial Archaeology Society has reprinted the book with Edwin's original text and illustrations, and with the addition of some colour photographs of the Itchen Navigation today, complementing the black and white illustrations in the original book. The history of the company up to 1980 has not changed and the descriptive section of the first edition stands as a time capsule of the navigation a generation ago.

The condition of the booklet is generally very good. The covers have one or two very minor scuffs but are clean and tidy, the spine is intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.