Middle Level Navigations (Forty Foot River)

 

The Middle Level Navigations (Forty Foot River) is a broad canal and is part of the Middle Level Navigations. It runs for 10 miles through 2 locks from Forty Foot River - Old Bedford River Junction (where it joins the River Great Ouse (Counter Wash Drain) and the River Great Ouse (Old Bedford River)) to Old River Nene - Forty Foot River Junction (where it joins the Middle Level Navigations (Old River Nene)).

The maximum dimensions for a boat to be able to travel on the waterway are 72 feet long and 13 feet wide. The maximum headroom is not known. The maximum draught is not known.

It has a junction with the Middle Level Navigations (Sixteen Foot River) at Sixteen Foot Corner.

Relevant books - waterway maps:

 
 
Forty Foot River - Old Bedford River Junction
Junction of Forty Foot River with the Old Bedford River
Welches Dam Sluice a few yards 0 locks
Horseway Sluice 1 mile and 3¾ furlongs 1 lock
Horseway Village Bridge 1 mile and 7¼ furlongs 2 locks
Sixteen Foot Corner
Junction of Forty Foot and Sixteen Foot Rivers
2 miles and 1½ furlongs 2 locks
Chatteris Road Bridge
With Pipe Bridge alongside
3 miles and 7¾ furlongs 2 locks
Leonard Child's Bridge 4 miles and 5¾ furlongs 2 locks
Puddock Bridge 6 miles and 6¼ furlongs 2 locks
Ramsey Hollow Bridge 7 miles and 6¼ furlongs 2 locks
Forty Foot Bridge 9 miles and 4 furlongs 2 locks
Old River Nene - Forty Foot River Junction
Junction of Old River Nene and Forty Foot River
10 miles 2 locks
 
 
 
 
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Middle Level Navigations - Wikipedia
The Middle Level Navigations are a network of waterways in England, primarily used for land ... The Forty Foot, Twenty Foot and Sixteen Foot Rivers were cut soon afterwards, to drain water from the area to Salters Lode and Welches Dam.
Middle Level Navigations
The Middle Level Navigations are a network of waterways in the Fens between the ... Forty Foot River (10.5 miles - excluding Environment Agency's section)
Forty Foot Drain - Wikipedia
Jump to: navigation, search. Coordinates: 52°27′50″N 0°02′13″E#xfeff; / #xfeff;52.464° N 0.037°E#xfeff; / 52.464; 0.037. Vermuyden's Drain. South Forty Foot Drain from Donington High Bridge. North Forty Foot Drain from Benton's Bridge. In the drainage schemes of the Fens of Eastern England, some of the principal drainage ... Located near Chatteris and Ramsey, the river runs 10 1⁄2 miles (16.9 km), ...
Navigation – Middle Level
Project Hereward seeks to re-open the Forty Foot River between Horseway and Welches Dam and Welches Dam Lock itself to navigation. See their website at ...
about.htm
Our goal is to re-open the presently neglected and impassable Middle Level / Great Ouse navigation link via the Forty Foot River between Horseway Lock and  ...
Cruising on the Middle Level - Information from Bill Fen Marina ...
Within the Fens, the Middle Level Navigations offer around 100 miles of ... Nene River, up Pophams Eau, along the Sixteen Foot drain, onto the Forty Foot and ...
about.htm
Restoring an historic Fenland navigation as a Waterway for all ... River Nene to the Great Ouse via the Forty Foot River through Horseway Lock and Welches Dam. ... Whilst at March Grammar School, l had a holiday job with the Middle Level ...
The Fens Waterways Link (including South Forty Foot River)
South Forty Foot or Black Sluice Drain & Navigation was quietly closed in the ... the alternative Middle Level route via the Forty Foot River to Welches Dam lock, ...
Middle Level Bill
Nov 28, 2016 ... Commissioners' powers to regulate navigation on the Middle Level. In particular ... bounded by the river Nene to the northwest, the river Great Ouse to the east, and by low hills to the ...... Its confluence with Forty Foot. Drain.
Water Explorer - Waterway List
Show map, Middle Level Navigations, Black Ham Drain. Show map, Middle Level Navigations, Forty Foot River. Show map, Middle Level Navigations, Great ...
 
 
 

Wikipedia has a page about Middle Level Navigations

The Middle Level Navigations are a network of waterways in England, primarily used for land drainage, which lie in The Fens between the Rivers Nene and Great Ouse, and between the cities of Peterborough and Cambridge. Most of the area through which they run is at or below sea level, and attempts to protect it from inundation have been carried out since 1480. The Middle Level was given its name by the Dutch Engineer Cornelius Vermuyden in 1642, who subsequently constructed several drainage channels to make the area suitable for agriculture. Water levels were always managed to allow navigation, and Commissioners were established in 1754 to maintain the waterways and collect tolls from commercial traffic.

A new main drain to Wiggenhall St Germans was completed in 1848, which provided better drainage because the outfall was lower than that at Salters Lode. Whittlesey Mere, the last remaining lake, was drained soon afterwards, using one of the first applications of John Appold's centrifugal pump, following its appearance at the Great Exhibition in 1851. Traffic on the network began to diminish after the opening of the railway through March in 1846, and fell dramatically in the early twentieth century. The last regular commercial traffic was the tanker barge Shellfen, which delivered fuel oil to pumping stations until 1971.

As a result of the drainage, land levels continued to fall, and in 1934 the gravity outfall at Wiggenhall St Germans was replaced by a pumping station, with three diesel engines driving 8.5-foot (2.6 m) diameter pumps. Its capacity was increased in 1951, and again in 1969/70, when two of the engines were replaced by electric motors. Following over 50 hours of continuous running at maximum capacity in 1998, a new pumping station was commissioned. Work on it began in 2006, and when it was completed in 2010, it was the second largest pumping station in Europe. Much of the drainage of the Middle Levels relies on pumping, and the Commissioners manage over 100 pumping stations throughout the area.

Interest in restoration of the Middle Levels for leisure traffic began in 1949, and the first significant work by volunteers occurred in 1972, when they worked on the restoration of Well Creek, which finally reopened in 1975. Since then, locks have been lengthened, to allow access by modern narrowboats, as they were built for Fen Lighters, which were only 49 feet (15 m) long. The southern reaches became more accessible in 2006, when a low Bailey bridge was raised by soldiers from the 39 Engineer Regiment. The system is managed by Commissioners, and they are the fourth largest navigation authority in Great Britain.

Other Wikipedia pages that might relate to Middle Level Navigations
[River Cam] [Navigation authority] [River Great Ouse] [Stonea] [River Nene] [Wisbech Canal] [Whittlesey Mere] [John Towlerton Leather] [List of canals of the United Kingdom]
Information retrieved Tuesday 29 December 2015 at 10:56