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The Southampton Canal Society welcomes all those interested in the inland waterways to our home page. We are not a large group but we do fly the 'canals flag' here on the south coast of England. Please explore this site and find out all about the Society. You can also find details about some of the inland waterways of southern Hampshire.

End of the Southampton Canal Society

It is with sadness that we announce that the Southampton Canal Society will cease to exist next March.

At the postponed Annual General Meeting held on Thursday 2nd December 2021, it was agreed that owing to a shrinking membership, rising costs and no volunteers to form a Committee that the Society should be formally closed in March 2022. No further formal meetings of the Society will take place although a New Year’s Lunch may take place either during January or early February. Please see the January 2022 Newsletter for further details.


Horse and the boat Kennet ValleyHorse and the boat Kennet Valley
Bottomley Lock, Rochdale CanalBottomley Lock, Rochdale Canal
West Mills, Newbury, Kennet & Avon CanalWest Mills in Newbury, Kennet & Avon Canal
Hawkesbury Lock, CoventryHawkesbury Lock near Coventry, Oxford Canal
NB Stanton, Grand Union CanalNB Stanton near Leighton Buzzard, Grand Union Canal

Website Upgrade

A number of changes have been introduced in order to make the job of site maintenance easier. It has involved a fairly heavy workload but should have benefits in the future. Hopefully, these will all be transparent to you as user.

It is to be hoped that you will encounter no problems using this site and that you enjoy doing so. However, if you do encounter problems or find errors, please email to let me know so that I can correct them. Thank you.

Andover Canal

The canal near RomseyThe Andover Canal beside Fishlake Meadows, Romsey in April 2021.

A major part of the upgrade is a complete revision and expansion of the part of the site dealing with the Andover Canal. The waterway was closed in 1859 in order to use much its course to build a railway between Andover and Redbridge near Southampton. Around one third of the canal escaped conversion and several parts of this still contain water. Details of the construction and usage of the canal are sparse but this part of the website is an attempt to let the reader at least identify where the canal once ran and what remains can be found.

At the same time as working on the Andover Canal, the section of the website dealing with the Southampton & Salisbury Canal has also been undergoing a major overhaul. This is not yet complete but should see the light of day within a few months.

Follow this link to go directly to the pages on the Andover Canal.

Peter Oates, web site manager

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