SU8401 : Chichester Ship Canal east of the A286

taken 7 years ago, near to Donnington, West Sussex, Great Britain

Chichester Ship Canal east of the A286
Chichester Ship Canal east of the A286
The Chichester Ship Canal, which is no longer navigable, is seen here immediately to the east of SU8401 : Cutfield Bridge which carries the A286 over the canal near to Chichester Marina.
Chichester Ship Canal

The Chichester Canal is part of the Portsmouth and Arundel Canal which linked with other rivers and canals to form an inland waterway route between London and Portsmouth. The Portsmouth and Arundel canal was opened in 1822 and remained in operation as a through route until 1855.

The Chichester section between the harbour and the city was constructed as a ship canal allowing passage for vessels of up to 85 feet in length and 18 feet in width, weighing up to 100 tons. Traffic never reached the expected levels, and ceased entirely after 1906.

After this time, the canal fell in to disrepair and was blocked in 1924/5 to prevent further navigation but sections have recently been restored by The Chichester Ship Canal Trust.

Chichester canal :: SU8504

What is known today as the Chichester Canal is in fact part of the former Portsmouth & Arundel Canal. This was opened in 1823.

In the late 1970s the Portsmouth & Arundel Canal Society was formed with the aim of restoring the canal. By the late 1990s they had reached the junction at Hunston and were working westwards along the main line towards Salterns.

However as work progressed further, the silting became worse, and by the time restoration reached the culverted Crosbie Bridge at Donnington where the road bridge currently forms a barrier to further progress.

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Chichester Marina & Boatyard :: SU8301

Chichester Marina is located at the eastern end of Chichester Harbour, near the end of the Chichester Canal. There are over 1,000 berths plus ample boat stowage on land. The marina has a boatyard attached.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 4 October, 2015   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 3 November, 2015
Geographical Context
Derelict, Disused  Canals 
Place (from Tags)
Chichester Marina 
Canal (from Tags)
Chichester Ship Canal 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 8421 0128 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:48.2980N 0:48.3778W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 8419 0127
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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