Southampton and Salisbury Canal
Whilst this site gives a fairly detailed account of the canal, those seeking further information might find the following resources of interest. For sources of mapping see the Maps of the canal page.
The following books give information about the canal. Note: All these books are currently out of print but may be found second-hand via the internet, bookshops 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 Bankrupt Canal||Edwin Welsh||Paperback (1966) 978-0903429016; (1977) 978-0854330379||City of Southampton - Jan 1966 (reprinted in 1977 with minor changes)||A 32 page booklet (plus 8 pages of pictures) providing the definitive history of the Southampton and Salisbury Canal.|
|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 of England and Wales||Ronald Russell||Hardback: 978-0715354175||David & Charles - Oct 1971.||Contains about 4 pages on the S&S Canal.|
|Lost Canals and Waterways of Britain||Ronald Russell||Hardback: 978-0715380727 Paperback: 978-0722175620||David & Charles - Hardback: Jan 1982.
Sphere - Paperback: April 1983.
|Contains about 1½ page on the S&S. Expanded and updated version of ‘Lost Canals of England and Wales’ (see above).|
The following is a list of known documents available on-line giving more information about various aspects of the Southampton and Salisbury Canal.
|Hugh Braun||Dec 1962||The Salisbury Canal - A Georgian Misadventure||Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Magazine Vol 58, No 210 (page 171)||A paper about the canal with a slight emphasis on the Wiltshire length.|
|Jon Sims||1993||The Lost Cutting||Southampton University Industrial Archaeology Group Journal No 2||An article about the cutting at West Dean. Southampton University Industrial Archaeology Group (SUIAG) is now known as Hampshire Industrial Archaeology Society (HIAS).|
|Jon Sims||1995||The Southampton & Salisbury Canal: Some Answers||Southampton University Industrial Archaeology Group Journal No 4||A further article about the cutting at West Dean. Southampton University Industrial Archaeology Group (SUIAG) is now known as Hampshire Industrial Archaeology Society (HIAS).|
|Jon Sims||2004||Hampshire’s Canal Rings||Hampshire Industrial Archaeology Society Journal No 12||Some of the proposals in the 1790s for waterways connecting southern Hampshire with the rest of the country.|
|Dr Edwin Course||1976||Southampton Canal Tunnel||Proceedings of the Hampshire Field Club & Archaeological Society, Volume 33 1976||This describes the tunnel and gives details of inspections inside it in 1975.|
Most of the canal company’s records are held in the Southampton Archives. The archives are run by Southampton City Council at the Civic Centre, Southampton. Many of the remaining records are held at either the Hampshire Record Office in Winchester or the The Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre in Chippenham. Addresses of these and other local record offices are given here.
There are a number of more nationally focused websites, including The National Archives, that are not specifically about the Southampton and Salisbury Canal but may able to provide or point to sources of information about the waterway. A listing of some of these sites can be found here.