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.
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.
|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.|
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||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. Now available 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.|
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:
- Local authority records from approximately 60% of England’s Historic Environment Records (HERs)
- National records from the National Heritage List for England including listed buildings and scheduled monuments
- The National Record of the Historic Environment (PastScape)
- Records from the National Trust Historic Buildings Sites and Monuments Record
- Historic photographs of England (Viewfinder)
- The NMR Excavation Index
- Information of historic parks, gardens and historic landscapes (Parks & Gardens UK)
- Designation Decision Records
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.
Further 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 PDF document (written in English) is "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.