Introduction to the Portrait
A portrait in words and pictures of the route of the Andover Canal from north to south is given on the following pages. On each page a brief verbal description of the waterway is illustrated with a number of pictures.
It is over 160 years since the canal was closed so that it could be converted to a railway. Eventually, nearly 15 miles (24km) of canal’s original 23 miles (37km) disappeared under the railway works. There exists only one picture of the waterway thought to have been painted when the canal was in use. So in the main this portrait contains some images scanned from postcards of various dates, some pictures of railway scenes mainly since the Second World War and images from the 21st century. But around one third of the canal escaped conversion and several parts of this still contain water. In all, this portrait is an attempt to let the reader at least identify where the canal once ran and what remains can be found.
Each page of this portrait describes a section of the canal between the points indicated in the title. Each section is divided into a number of lengths containing a description in words followed by a number of thumbnails of images of that length.
There are instances where no picture of a feature is given. To allow the location to be identified, a button like this NG Ref: SU357232. WGS84: 51° 00′ 27″ N, 1° 29′ 31″ W. may be included in the text to allow the coordinates of the feature to be read.
Explorers of the remains of the canal would do well to concentrate their investigations, particularly in rural areas, upon the winter months when verdant foliage is less likely to obscure the features they are seeking.
Please also note that parts of the site of the canal are on private property. We wish to ask that those seeking to view the remains do not trespass upon such land without gaining permission.
Every effort has been made to ensure that the route descriptions are accurate although a few parts of the course of the canal have not been visited on the ground. However, changes can occur at any time. The Society would be pleased to hear about changes, omissions or errors found.
Links to the Route Descriptions: