Itchen Navigation: More Information

Whilst this site gives a fairly detailed account of the Navigation, those seeking further information might find the following resources of interest.

Books

The following books give information about the Itchen Navigation. Note: Except for the 2011 edition of Edwin Course's book, all these books are currently out of print but may be found second-hand via the internet or possibly borrowed from your local library.

Title Author ISBN Publisher Notes
The Canals of South and South East England Charles Hadfield 978-0715346938 David & Charles - Nov 1969 A comprehensive history of English inland waterways east of Bristol and south of and including the Thames.
The Itchen Navigation Edwin Course First (1983) edition: 0 905280 06 7. Second (2011) edition: 0905280 10 3 Southampton University Industrial Archaeology Group (SUIAG) - A4 softback: 1983.
Hampshire Industrial Archaeology Society (HIAS) - A4 softback: 2011.
The 2011 edition was slightly updated and is available from HIAS.
The author also describes the route of the Navigation as he saw it in 1982 together with photographs.
Hampshire Waterways P A L Vine 978-0906520840 Middleton Press - Nov 1990 Contains mainly images (historical and modern) of most waterways in Hampshire.
Lost Canals and Waterways of Britain Ronald Russell Hardback: 978-0715380727 Paperback: 978-0722175620 David & Charles - Hardback: Jan 1982.
Sphere - Paperback: April 1983.
Expanded and updated version of ‘Lost Canals of England and Wales’ (which does not include the Itchen Navigation); published Oct 1971 ISBN: 978-0715354179.

Other Documents

The following is a non-exhaustive list of documents (all but one available on-line) giving more information about various aspects of the Itchen Navigation.

Author Date Title Publisher Notes
R G Morris undated Bishopstoke Water Meadows Eastleigh & District Local History Society A paper explaining how water meadows used to be drowned (or flooded) in late winter near Bishopstoke.
Hadrian Cook and Kevin Young 2011 The Watermeadows at the Itchen Valley Country Park near Eastleigh, Hampshire Proceedings of the Hampshire Field Club and Archaeological Society Vol 66, 2011, pp. 166-186. Details about the water meadows within the country park adjacent to the Navigation.
Twyford Parish Council 2020 The Meads & Berry Meadow Twyford Parish Council Details about the water meadows owned by the parish council and visiting them.
Edward Roberts 1985 Alresford Pond, A Medieval Canal Reservoir: A Tradition Assessed Proceedings of the Hampshire Field Club and Archaeological Society Vol 41, 1985, pp. 127-13. Did the Navigation extend upstream of Winchester in medieval times?
Alec Samuels 1982 The Itchen Navigation: A Lawyer's View of the Legal Issues Proceedings of the Hampshire Field Club and Archaeological Society Vol 38, 1982, pp. 113-20. Thoughts about the right of navigation on the Itchen.
Christopher K Currie 1997 A possible ancient water channel around Woodmill and Gater's Mill in the historic manor of South Stoneham Proceedings of the Hampshire Field Club and Archaeological Society Vol 52, pp. 89-106. This essay conjectures that a channel near Gater's Mill is the Saxon "New River", and looks at the history of the river in the vicinity of Woodmill and Gater's Mill.
John Langdon & James White 2017 An Early 17th Century River Environment: The 1618 Survey of the Itchen. Proceedings of the Hampshire Field Club and Archaeological Society. Vol 72, pp. 142-165. This examines a survey of the Itchen made in 1618 with a view making the river navigable. Not currently available on-line but may be purchased in booklet form from the Field Club.
Edwin Course 1967 The Itchen Navigation Proceedings of the Hampshire Field Club and Archaeological Society Vol 24, 1967, pp. 113-26. This paper is a precursor of the booklet of the same name published in 1983.
Wessex Archaeology 2005 Itchen Navigation Heritage Trail Hampshire Wessex Archaeology Ltd. Heritage Report for inclusion in a Conservation Management Plan in preparation for the application for funds from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust 2012 The Itchen Navigation Heritage Trail Project Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust A 20 page pamphlet summarising the work achieved during the project.
Polly White 2011 Heritage Report: Preservation of St Catherines Lock on the Itchen Navigation (3.74MB). Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust A 12 page document summarising the work done on this lock during the Heritage Trail Project including pictures.
Polly White 2011 Heritage Report: Preservation of Twyford End Lock on the Itchen Navigation (3.08MB). Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust A 10 page document summarising the work done on this lock during the Heritage Trail Project including pictures.
Polly White 2011 Heritage Report: Preservation of Brambridge Hatch on the Itchen Navigation (2.27MB). Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust A 9 page document summarising the work done on this set of hatches during the Heritage Trail Project including pictures.
Polly White 2011 Heritage Report: Preservation of Mansbridge Lock on the Itchen Navigation (3.88MB). Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust A 13 page document summarising the work done on this lock during the Heritage Trail Project including pictures.

The Heritage Gateway

The Heritage Gateway is managed by Historic England in partnership with ALGAO and IHBC. The website provides access to local and national records on the historic environment including the following resources:

On the Heritage Gateway website enter your search word(s), for example, “Itchen Navigation” and a list of sources should appear.

Whilst the Historic Environment Records (HERs) for Southampton and Winchester can be searched via the Heritage Gateway, the records for the rest of Hampshire (except Portsmouth) have to be examined through the website for Hampshire County Council at https://www.hants.gov.uk/landplanningandenvironment/environment/historicenvironment/historicenvironmentrecord.

The National Archives

The National Archives’ Discovery website holds more than 32 million descriptions of records held by the National Archives and more than 2,500 archives across the country. Searching for “Itchen Navigation” will give brief details and the location of records referring to the waterway.


The following sites used to cover other aspects of the River Itchen:

Itchen Navigation Heritage Trail Project

A site called www.itchennavigation.org.uk used to give details and news of the project to conserve the Navigation but this was superseded by a much diminished part of the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust website. During 2018, all reference to the Itchen Navigation on their website at http://www.hiwwt.org.uk/ seems to have been removed. However, a few of the documents that were available via this site are listed in the table of documents above.

River Itchen Archaeological Project Website

A website called http://www.geog.port.ac.uk/webmap/itchen/ (which no longer exists) dealt with archaeological investigations undertaken on the tidal part of the river in Southampton. Further information may be available from the Maritime Archaeology Trust.