Published by Tempus in 2007, 128 pages. Paperback (N4559)
Brand New Book
Largely as a result of substantial investment by the 3rd Earl of Egremont, a keen patron of the arts and perhaps the richest man in Britain at the time, the Wey & Arun Junction Canal opened in 1816. To contemporary commentators, it seemed set for success as part of a new navigable route from London to Portsmouth and the Sussex coast....
Sadly, though the countryside remained 'beautiful and picturesque', after only around 50 years of modest trading, the canal fell victim to competition from railways and problems with its own water supply. The order for closure came in 1871, and for the best part of a century the Wey & Arun lay abandoned.
The derelict state of the canal as it lingered forgotten and crumbling, as well as the attempts that have been made since 1970 to reinstate it, are vividly evoked in this fascinating book, and it is packed full with lots of black and white photographs!