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Wey Navigation

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Wey and Godalming Navigation runs from Godalming to the River Thames at Weybridge, 19.5 miles with 16 locks.

1635 The River Wey was one of the first rivers in England to be made navigable. Sir Richard Weston started building the navigation in 1635.

1651 The length from Guildford to Weybridge was to be made navigable following an Act of Parliament; work was completed in 1653, allowing barges to transport goods to London including timber, corn, flour, wood and gunpowder from the Chilworth Mills, and transporting coal in the other direction.

1671 Further improvements to the Navigation were made under another Act.

1760 another Act authorised the construction of the Godalming Navigation, a further 4.5m upstream. Work was completed in 1764.

The Basingstoke Canal and the Wey and Arun Canal were later connected with the Wey and Godalming Navigation.

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