Preservation and Modernisation of Canals, Dams and Associated Works in the United Kingdom

Preservation and Modernisation of Canals, Dams and Associated Works in the United Kingdom.
Hinks, J.and Brown, D.
In: 9th ICOLD European Club Symposium, 10–12 April 2013, Venice. (Submitted)

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Abstract:Canals constructed in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries played a very important part in the industrialisation of the United Kingdom until the advent of the railways in the middle of the nineteenth century. After the 2nd World War, enthusiasts promoted a revival of the system for recreation and leisure. Their retention, preservation and, in many cases, recommissioning has been driven by enthusiasts. Many disused waterways were reopened and today, the Canal & River Trust is responsible for a network of 3,000 km of navigations. There are 93 canal reservoirs in the UK. They are used to supply water for the locks. The oldest of these was constructed in 1773. Many of the dams are upstream of towns or villages and their safety is a paramount concern. In many cases remedial works have been necessary to bring the facilities up to modern standards of safety. This paper describes some of the dams and typical remedial works as well as some of the more notable hydraulic structures on the canal network. Considerable attention has been paid to conserving historic features wherever possible.
Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects:Floods > Dams and reservoirs
ID Code:624
Deposited On:09 Oct 2015 14:49
Last Modified:12 Jan 2018 13:12

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