Southampton and Salisbury Canal

History: Introduction

Seal of Southampton and Salisbury Canal Company

A reasonably full history of the canal is given on this website. Many of the canal company’s papers have been preserved and most can be found in the Southampton Archives in the Civic Centre.

This intriguing history may be read on this site in the four pages listed below:

Part 1Preparations   1768 - 1795
Part 2Problems   1795 - 1799
Part 3Second Attempt   1799 - 1810
Part 4Consequences   1810 - Present

Extensive use has been made of the booklet published by the City of Southampton in 1966 (reprinted in 1977) under the title “The Bankrupt Canal” and written by Edwin Welch. Unfortunately, this publication is now out of print but copies might be found for sale second-hand on the internet, in second-hand bookshops or possibly borrowed from your local library.