Whilst this site gives a fairly detailed account of the Navigation, those seeking further information might find the following resources of interest.
The following books give information about the Itchen Navigation. Note: Except for the 2011 edition of Edwin Course’s book and the 2022 guide book on the Itchen Way, all these books are currently out of print but may be found second-hand via the internet or possibly borrowed from your local library.
|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.|
|Exploring the Itchen Way||Richard C Kenchington||Paperback: 978-1853060830||Countryside Books - 1990||This is a 128 page guide book to walking the Itchen Way. There is also a later guide by the same author - see below.|
|The Itchen Way||Richard C Kenchington||Not known||Eastleigh Ramblers - 2022||This is a guide book to walking the Itchen Way. Further information from the Eastleigh Ramblers.|
The following is a non-exhaustive list of free documents giving more information about various aspects of the Itchen Navigation.
|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||Webpage 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. Now available on-line.|
|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.|
|Terry Gould||May 2010||St Catherine's Lock to the Winchester wharves (1.26MB).||Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust||A 9 page document explores some of the history of the Navigation in the Winchester area.|
|Terry Gould||Oct 2008||The Itchen Navigation at work (80.0KB).||Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust||A 4 page document explores the operation of the waterway.|
|Terry Gould||May 2008||Mansbridge Lock (109.5KB).||Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust||A 1 page document looks at Mansbridge Lock.|
|Terry Gould||Sep 2009||The secret story of Woodmill (1.5MB).||Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust||A 9 page document explores some of the history of Woodmill.|
|Howard Sprenger||2020||Drawings of Woodmill by Turpin de Crissé (4.28MB).||Hampshire Industrial Archaeology Society||A 9 page article in HIAS Journal No. 28 pp23-31 (2020) about 5 drawings of Wood Mill made in 1793.|
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 (HIWWT) website. During 2018, all reference to the Itchen Navigation on their website at https://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. Unfortunately, some of the historical information in their documents is not error free.
Friends of the Itchen Navigation Facebook Group
In 2020, a Facebook group was established with a view to fostering interest in the Navigation. Currently (March 2023) the group has about 1,500 members. The group is concerned by the neglect of the Navigation since the completion of the Heritage Trail Project. This group is dedicated to the Itchen Navigation and will include scenic photos, wildlife photos, experiences and its history. Details can be found on Facebook.
The Itchen Navigation Preservation Trust
In addition, a charity, “The Itchen Navigation Preservation Trust”, is presently being set up (March 2023). One of the first things it aims to do is undertake a condition survey of the whole Navigation and then to set up a maintenance plan for clearing vegetation on the locks, etc. The charity will have lots more aims other than the physical work and it is hoped to raise money soon for some larger projects.
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.
Alpine Center for Natural Hazards and Risks Prevention Website
More information on archaeological investigations of the tidal part of the Itchen can be found on a French website “Pôle Alpin d'études et de recherche pour la prévention des Risques Naturels” (Alpine Center for Natural Hazards and Risks Prevention) or “PARN”. The (partially) English version of the PARN website can be found here. The nine page PDF document (written in English) is entitled "An assessment of the archaeological and palaeo-environmental evidence for coastal change in the mouth of the River Itchen at the head of Southampton Water, Solent region, UK" and can be found here.
The MAGIC website provides current geographic information about the natural environment from across government. The information covers rural, urban, coastal and marine environments across Great Britain. It is presented in an interactive map which can be explored using various mapping tools that are included. Users do not require specialist software and can access maps using a standard web browser. This information can be examined free at the Magic Map managed by Natural England.
In addition to the water meadows adjacent to the Navigation at Twyford, those interested in water meadows and how they were used in former times could do worse than also visiting Harnham Water Meadows. These can be found on the south west side of Salisbury between West Harnham and the city. Today the meadows are managed by the Harnham Water Meadows Trust. They are a group of volunteers who maintain and promote the meadows, and conserve the natural diversity of wildlife. The meadows are designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Further information can be found on their website at https://www.salisburywatermeadows.org.uk.
If you wish to delve even deeper into the Navigation’s past, there is a page on this website which provides information about various resources that might help find out more than the above books and documents provide.
For example, many records about the Itchen Navigation are held in the Hampshire Record Office in Winchester which is run by Hampshire County Council. Some resources are held at various other archives nationwide details of which should be discoverable through the National Archives. Details of these and other resources, local and national, can be found here.