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Covering dates 1785-1931
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Folder icon  RIVER ROTHER NAVIGATION  [no ref. or date]

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Related information: All references to 'the Earl of Egremont', in the following section of this catalogue should be taken as meaning George O'Brien Wyndham, 3rd Earl of Egremont, unless otherwise stated
Provenance of the Documents
The records of the River Rother Navigation form part of the archives of the southern estates of the Wyndham family at Petworth House, West Sussex. These documents, although remaining at Petworth House, are under the care of the Library and Archives Committee of the West Sussex County Council, and may be consulted in the West Sussex Record Office at Chichester during normal office hours, providing that application is made at least one week in advance
The navigation was administered from the Estate Office at Petworth and consequently the records of the navigation are to be found among the general series of estate records. A small number of the navigation records - plans and account books - have been catalogued in The Petworth House Archives [F.W. Steer and N.H. Osborne (eds.) The Petworth House Archives, Vol. 1, 1968.] and to make the present catalogue comprehensive these catalogue entries have been repeated in the appropriate sections (these records have a four-figure catalogue mark). The bulk of the navigation records retain the Estate Office number probably given to the documents in the mid-nineteenth century and derived from their location at Petworth (this is a multiple number commencing with the letters OF)
In the course of cataloguing the records it was discovered that closely related documents frequently appeared out of order in the bundles. In order to make this catalogue more easily usable therefore, the catalogue entries have been placed in chronological sequence in each bundle, and an attempt made to reconstruct, on paper, something of the original order of the documents. It should be emphasised that this re-sorting does not extend to the physical order of the documents, which remain in numerical order in the bundles
In order to show the basis on which the records were intended to be grouped together in the mid-nineteenth century, the relevant section of the Estate Office manuscript list is given below
Miscellaneous writings relating to the Rother Navigation
OF 13/1 1791 Several printed Copies of Act of Parliament to enable the Earl of Egremont to make and maintain the River Rother navigable ...
OF 13/20 1816 Printed Bill for amending the original Act, but which was not proceeded in; and Papers relating thereto
OF 13/6 Plan of the Rother Navigation
OF 13/7 Proposal for Contracts Observations on same etc. etc
OF 13/8 26 August 1791 Contract of Charles and Samuel Jones for executing the Rother Navigation and a Dissolution of said Contract on 29 November 1793 with divers Accounts
OF 13/9 Accounts between Charles and Samuel Jones and his Lordship
OF 13/10 1795 Draft of Agreement between Earl of Egremont and divers Owners and Occupiers of Land for reference of the price of Lands and satisfaction for damages in making the Navigation - and Original Agreement
OF 13/11 1789 to 1796 Statement of Navigation Expences to the end of 1796
OF 13/12 Relative to the Rother Navigation previous and preparatory to obtaining the Act
OF 13/13 Lists of Owners and Occupiers of Lands and Premises taken away or damaged by the River Rother, with account of Recompence for same, in divers Books etc
OF 13/14 1792 Relating to the application to Parliament by the Arun Proprietors for an Act (inter alia) to make a Collateral Cut from Hardham Tunnel to the Rother Navigation at the Railed Pieces
OF 13/15 1795 Proceedings Letters etc. in the Suit Earl of Egremont versus Sheen for Navigation Dues
OF 13/17 and 18 1815 etc. The like versus William Stoveld for ditto
OF 13/19 1815 etc. The like versus William Upton jun. for ditto
OF 13/16a Miscellaneous Papers respecting the Lands taken away and damaged
OF 13/16b Miscellaneous Papers Letter Accounts etc
OF 13/16c Letters from Richard Hollist respecting Piece of Land in East Mead purchased of Read. Sundry Papers etc
OF 13/40 1815 Papers etc. relative to the Trial. Earl Egremont versus Stoveld
OF 13/41 Correspondence, memoranda and sundry papers corrected with the Rother Navigation
Bibliography
Rev. Arthur Young, General View of the Agriculture of the County of Sussex, pp. 422-427
Includes, opp. p. 422, 'A Plan of the Navigation of the River Rother, from its Junction with the River Arun up to Midhurst / Neele sculpt. 352 Strand.' Approx. 3 in. to 1m. 6.7 x 25.1
Joseph Priestley, Historical Account of the Navigable Rivers, Canals, and Railways, of Great Britain, pp. 547-548
Roger R. Sellman, 'The Waterways of Sussex', Sussex County Magazine, Vol. 9, pp. 21-22
P.A.L. Vine, London's Lost Route to the Sea, passim
Charles Hadfield, The Canals of South and South East England, pp. 126-128 and 372-373
G.D. Johnston, 'The Meeting of Rother and Arun', Sussex Notes and Queries, Vol. 13, pp. 272-275
G.D. Johnston, 'Towing Paths in Sussex', S.N.Q., Vol. 15, p.10
G.D. Johnston, 'Note: The Haslingbourne Navigation', S.N.Q., Vol. 16, pp. 131-132
E.W. Holden and G.D. J[ohnston], 'Note: Lodsbridge Lock', S.N.Q., Vol. 17, p.167
OF 13/1 'Several printed Copies of Act of Parliament to enable the Earl of Egremont to make and maintain the River Rother navigable ...'
OF 13/1/1-3 A Bill to enable the Earl of Egremont to make and maintain navigable the River Rother, from the Town of Midhurst, to a certain Meadow, called the Railed Pieces, or Stopham Meadow, in the Parish of Stopham, in the County of Sussex: And also to make and maintain a Communication, between the said River and the River Arun, by a navigable Cut or Canal from the said River Rother, to the said River Arun, at or near Stopham Bridge, in the said County; and for other Purposes. 31 George III, 1791
13/1/1 With manuscript amendments and manuscript note 'I approve of this Bill on the Part of Lord Egremont. Henry Tripp Temple 18th february 1791'
13/1/3 Incorporating some of the amendments from 13/1/1; with manuscript note 'Proof - 2nd printing'. [The title of the bill varies slightly from that of 13/1/1 - A Bill to enable the Earl of Egremont to make and maintain the River Rother navigable, from the Town of Midhurst, to a certain Meadow, called the Railed Pieces, or Stopham Meadow, in the Parish of Stopham, and a navigable Cut, from the said River, to the River Arun at or near Stopham Bridge, in the County of Sussex; and for other Purposes.]
13/1/2 Incorporating further amendments from 13/1/1; with manuscript amendments
OF 13/1/4-5 [Rother Navigation Act, 1791.] 31 George III, c. lxvi. An Act to enable the Earl of Egremont to make and maintain the River Rother navigable, from the Town of Midhurst, to a certain Meadow, called the Railed Pieces, or Stopham Meadow, in the Parish of Stopham, and a navigable Cut, from the said River, to the River Arun, at or near Stopham Bridge, in the County of Sussex; and for other Purposes. [11 April] 1791
13/1/4 With the Opinion of Henry Tripp, 18 July 1794, on the liabilities under s. 13 of the Act, in manuscript on pp. 18-19
13/1/5 Act as 13/1/4, but bound copy
OF 13/2 Bundle formerly numbered of 13/A
OF 13/2/1-3
Site of a barn, lately demolished, and 21r. part of, and to be fenced off from, the adjoining drying-yard, garden and premises of Richard Amber, near the South Pond in Midhurst; to be used for the construction of a road from [Midhurst] Wharf to the road to Midhurst
OF 13/2/3 Abstract of the title of Richard Amber, reciting from 23 April 1687 - 20 October 1779. [1794/5]
OF 13/2/1-2 6 January 1795. Feoffment (draft and executed copies), in consideration of £100 5s., from (a) Richard Amber of Midhurst, oil-leather-dresser, to (b) Earl of Egremont
(a) Conveys the property to (b)
With marginal plan of the property
OF 13/3 Bundle formerly numbered of 13/B
OF 13/3/1 Note of allowance to William S. Poyntz for 'not building a bridge opposite to the Lodge'. July 1794
OF 13/3/2 'Cash paid for Mens time filling a hole in the road at Lodgebridge [Lodsbridge] ...' 18 October 1794 - 25 April 1795
See also 2931, p. 75
OF 13/3/3 'Expenses putting a new Gate to Ambersom [Ambersham] meadow ...' 16 January 1796
OF 13/3/4-16 Correspondence (13 letters) between W. Budd (Steward of William Poyntz), [William] Tyler and J.U. Tripp (Steward of Earl of Egremont) concerning Midhurst Wharf and the purchase of land for the construction of the navigation. 12 December 1796 - 11 April 1798
OF 13/3/17-21
(i) 1p. from Ash Common Meadow, (ii) 4p. from Shepherd's Field, (iii) 4p. from Calf's Patch, (iv) 1a. 1r. 4p. from Lodgebridge [Lodsbridge] Mill Meadow, (v) 2p. from Selham Common Meadow, (vi) 4p. from Selham Meadow, (vii) 19p. from Ambersham Common Meadow, (viii) 27½p. from Easebourne Common Meadow, (ix) 10p. from The Lower Slip, (x) 4p. from a small hanger, (xi) 23½p. from The Upper Slip, (xii) 7p. from a small hanger, (xiii) 1r. 33p. from Hanger Meadow, (xiv) 2a. 2r. 31p. from Home Meadow, (xv) 1r. 33p. from Lower Meadow, (xvi) 1r. 3½p. from Gate Meadow, (xvii) 28p. from Fountain Meadow, (xviii) 1r. 12p. from Gut Meadow, (xix) 7p. from Turners Meadow, (xx) 1r. from Wall Meadow, (xxi) 25r. 30p. from Lower Meadow, (xxii) 1r. 25p. from Middle Meadow, (xxlii) 2r. 24½p. from Upper Meadow, (xxiv) 1r. 18p. from St. John's Hanger, (xxv) 1a. 3r. 2p. from Lower Plot, (xxvi) 2r. 21p. from Ambers Plot; a total of 11a. 21p
(i) is in Tillington, (ii)-(iv) are in Lodsworth, (v)-(vi) are in Selham, (vii) is in South Ambersham, (viii)-(xx) are in Easebourne, (xxi)-(xxiv) are in Woolavington, and (xxv)-(xxvi) are in Midhurst,. (i) was to be used for the towing path, (ii)-(iii) and (xix)-(xx) for widening the river, (iv) for the canal and towing path, (v)-(viii) for widening and straightening the river, (ix)-(xiii), (xxi)-(xxii) and (xxiv) for the towing path and widening the river; 1r. 38p. of (xiv) was separated by a new cut from adjoining land, 2a. 33p. of (xiv) was to be used for the canal, towing path, widening the river, the channel of a new brook and a grass weir; (xv)-(xvii) were to be used for widening the river, (xviii) for the canal, towing path and widening the river, (xxiii) for the towing path and widening and straightening the river, (xxv) for the basin and wharf, (xxvi) for the wharf
OF 13/3/17 Copy will of George Samuel [Browne, 8th] Viscount Montague, 13 November 1792
OF 13/3/18-19 Drafts of bargain and sale and release. 1797-1798
13/3/19 First draft. 1797
OF 13/3/20 16 April 1798. Bargain and sale, in consideration of £709 2s. 3d., between (a) William Stephen Poyntz of Cowdray Park in Easebourne, and Hon. Elizabeth Mary Poyntz, his w. (previously Hon. Elizabeth Mary Browne, sister and heir of George Samuel [Browne, 8th] Viscount Montague, dec'd.), (b) Frances [Browne], Dowager Viscountess Montague (wid. of Anthony Joseph [Browne, 7th] Viscount Montague, dec'd.), and (c) Earl of Egremont; also release, in consideration of £42 2s. 6d., between (a) and (c), of all (a)'s claims on (c) for any damage done to (a)'s lands as a result of the construction or maintenance of the navigation
(a) And (b) convey the properties to (c)
With marginal plan of the properties, and attached sheet (13/3/21)
OF 13/4 [Bundle formerly numbered of 13/C]
OF 13/4/1 22 August 1794. Lease, for 10 years at a rent of £10 p.a., between (a) John Brown of Houghton, yeo., and (b) Earl of Egremont
(a) Leases the property to (b)
East Chalk pit in Houghton
If (b) should dig and carry away more than 200 freights of chalk in any year, then he will pay (a) 1s. 6d. on every excess freight
OF 13/5 [Bundle formerly numbered of 13/K.10a]
OF 13/5/1-3
Piece of meadow, 1r. 0p. (including the part intersected by the navigation), situated in East Mead Common Field in Lodsworth, part of Langhams, a customary tenement of Lodsworth Manor
OF 13/5/1 29 September 1797. Letter of attorney, from (a) George Mullens of Hambledon, co. Hants., to (b) George Mullens of Lodsworth, son of (a). (b) to treat with Earl of Egremont for the sale of lands taken for the navigation, and to ascertain damages sustained in the construction of the navigation
OF 13/5/2 12 September 1806. Manor of Lodsworth. Draft surrender [in consideration of £48], by (a) George Mullens of Lodsworth and Mary, his w. (previously Mary Leggatt), to the use of (b) Earl of Egremont. [This surrender is entered in the court book for the Manor of Lodsworth, Cowdray MS. 281, f. 4]
OF 13/5/3 17 September 1806. Manor of Lodsworth. Draft admission of George O'Brien [Wyndham, 3rd] Earl of Egremont. [This admission is entered in the court book for the Manor of Lodsworth, Cowdray MS. 281, f. 4v]
OF 13/6 'Plan of the Rother Navigation.' [This plan is now numbered 3504]
OF 13/7 'Proposal for Contracts Observations on same etc. etc.'
OF 13/7/14 Letter from W. Jessop to James Upton Tripp. 16 April 1791
OF 13/7/4-5 Comparisons, by [Thomas] Upton, of the estimates of [William] Jessop and Messrs. Pinkerton. May 1791
13/7/4 For the construction of the navigation from the junction with the River Arun at Stopham to Coultershaw Mill
13/7/5 For the construction of the branch canal to Haslingbourne
OF 13/7/3 and 15 Comparison between 'Mr. Jessops Estimate of the Navigation from Stopham Bridge to Coultershaw Mill and Haslingbourne Bridge' and 'Messrs. Pinkertons Valuation and Estimate of the same Navigation'. 6 May 1791. (2 docs.)
13/7/3 is probably an earlier version of 13/7/15
OF 13/7/6-7 'Difference between Mr. Jessop's and Messrs. Pinkertons' Navigation Estimates'. May 1791. (2 copies)
OF 13/7/16 Notes on Messrs. Pinkerton's estimate and other navigation expenses. [May 1791]
OF 13/7/11 Notes on the difference between [William] Jessop's and Messrs. Pinkertons' estimates. [May 1791]
OF 13/7/17 Draft advertisement for tenders for constructing the navigation. May 1791
OF 13/7/13 Draft of 'Information to the persons proposing to contract for their performance of the Rother Navigation'. [May 1791]
OF 13/7/8-10 and 12 Correspondence (4 letters) between George Pinkerton and [James Upton] Tripp and the Earl of Egremont. 23 May, 1 June 1791 and n.d
OF 13/7/1a 'An Estimate of the Expence of making navigable the River Rother from its Junction with the Arun River up to Midhurst for Vessels 70 ft. in Length and 11 ft. 10 in. in width and drawing 3 Ft. of Water so that they carry 40 Tons Burthen', by John Pinkerton. 8 August 1791
OF 13/7/1b Further estimate from John Pinkerton for bridges and a road, with notes on the cost of constructing culverts and bridges. August 1791
OF 13/7/2 Note of Pinkerton's estimates. [August 1791]
OF 13/7/18 Tender of William Weston. 8 August 1791
Including 'Estimate of the Expence of making the River Rother navigable from its Junction with the Arun at Stopham to a meadow near the Town of Midhurst'
OF 13/7/19 Note of addition to Weston's tender. [August 1791]
OF 13/7/20 Letter from William Weston to James Upton Tripp concerning his tender. August 1791
OF 13/7/26 Tender of Messrs. Charles and Samuel Jones with attached 'Expences to be Added to the Estimate'. August 1791
OF 13/7/24 Notes on Messrs. Jones' estimate. [August 1791]
OF 13/7/21 Note, signed by Thomas Upton and Samuel Jones, on the difference in cost between two routes through Sutton Meadow. 18 October 1791
OF 13/7/25 Draft of part of the specification for the works (For the executed copy of the agreement for the construction of the navigation and attached specification, see OF 13/8/4/1-3. [1791]
OF 13/7/23 Observations on the inability of Messrs. Jones to offer any security for the performance of their contract. n.d
OF 13/7/22 Note on the rise of the river from Shopham Bridge Lock to Burton Mill. n.d
OF 13/8 'Contract of Charles and Samuel Jones for executing the Rother Navigation and a Dissolution of said Contract on 29 November 1793 with divers Accounts.'
OF 13/8/3/1-2 First draft agreement and 'Mode of adjusting the Payments by the Earl of Egremont to Messrs. Charles and Samuel Jones ...'. 1791. (2 docs.)
OF 13/8/1 Second draft agreement. 1791
OF 13/8/2 Note on the materials for the construction of gates, fences and bridges. [1791]
OF 13/8/4/1 26 August 1791. Agreement between (a) Charles Jones of Grewell, co. Hants., architect, and Samuel Jones of the same place, his son, and (b) Earl of Egremont
(a) To construct 'a navigable communication between the river Arun and the river Rother by a navigable cut from the said river Arun at or near Stopham bridge through certain closes called the railed pieces of Stopham meadow... into the said river Rother' and to make navigable the 'river Rother from the said cut up to a certain meadow called the Lower platt or Amber's croft near the town and within the parish of Midhurst... according to the course laid down on a map of the said navigation signed by the said Charles Jones and Samuel Jones', at a cost of £6434 and agreed unit prices for bridges, sluices, back drains, distance posts, fences and a new road from Rotherbridge Wharf to the [Petworth - Duncton] Turnpike Road. The work was to be divided into 19 stages and a proportionate payment was to be made on the completion of each stage. The navigation to Rotherbridge was to be finished by 1 January 1793 and the work to be completed by 1 January 1794
Attached: OF 13/8/4/3 '(A) Specification of the Works for the River Rother Navigation to be done and executed by Messrs. Charles and Samuel Jones ...'
OF 13/8/4/2 '(B) Mode of adjusting the payments, by the Earl of Egremont to Messrs, Charles and Samuel Jones, of Sums in part of six thousand, four hundred and thirty four pounds... during the progress of making the said Navigation and before the completion of the same'
Endorsed: 29 November 1793. Deed of dissolution of agreement, between (a) and (b)
(b) To take over all materials and implements provided for the works and to discharge (a) from their debt to him of £1536 11s. 9d. (Messrs. Charles and Samuel Jones had received £1536 11s. 9d. in excess of that which they were entitled to receive under the contract and were unable to repay this money
OF 13/8/5 26 August 1791. Bond in £1000 for the due performance of covenants in 13/8/4/1
OF 13/9 'Accounts between Charles and Samuel Jones and his Lordship.'
OF 13/9/1-4 Bills, etc., for cutting timber and digging brick-earth. 23 August 1791 - 5 May 1792
OF 13/9/14 and 17 Accounts rendered by Messrs. Charles and Samuel Jones for extra work, signed by Thomas Upton and Samuel Jones. 27 August and 6 September 1791
OF 13/9/5-13 Certificates of work completed by Messrs. Charles and Samuel Jones, signed by Thomas Upton. 1791-1792
Each certificate gives details of the work carried out and the value of this work
OF 13/9/13 17 September 1791. OF 13/9/8 14 April 1792
OF 13/9/12 15 October 1791. OF 13/9/7 12 May 1792
OF 13/9/11 12 November 1791. OF 13/9/6 9 June 1792
OF 13/9/10 24 December 1791. OF 13/9/5 7 July 1792
OF 13/9/9 17 March 1792
OF 13/9/19 Account book, labelled 'Account between The Earl of Egremont and Messrs. Charles and Samuel Jones respecting the River Rother Navigation'. 17 September 1791 - 7 July 1792
OF 13/9/18 Account of Messrs. Charles and Samuel Jones to 24 December 1792
OF 13/9/15 Account of Messrs. Charles and Samuel Jones to 29 November 1793
OF 13/9/16a List and valuation of 'Working Utensils, Barrows, Planks, Barges, Pumps etc.'. [November 1793]
OF 13/9/16b List and valuation of 'Timber, Stones, Iron etc. to Continue the works'. [November 1793]
OF 13/10 'Draft of Agreement between the Earl of Egremont and divers Owners and Occupiers of Land for reference of the price of Lands and Satisfaction for damages in making the Navigation - and Original Agreement.' [The document which [...] bear most resemblance to this [...] title is OF 13/4/a/5]
OF 13/10/1 1 May 1817. Lease for 50 years (from 29 September 1816) at a rent of 5s. p.a., between (a) Earl of Egremont, and (b) William Upton of Petworth, merchant. [For a draft lease, see (F 13/41a/2)]
(a) Leases the property to (b)
Land (dimensions given) part of Coultershaw Wharf in Petworth, on E. side and S. end of the wharf, 6 yds. from the River Rother, abutting on all sides on the wharf
Within one year, (b) to erect 'a proper, sufficient and substantial Warehouse or Storehouse for the placing or depositing of Goods, Wares and Merchandizes to be carried and conveyed on the said River Rother Navigation'
OF 13/10/4-5 28 August 1820. Lease (and counterpart) for 30 years (from 29 September 1819) at a rent of 10s. p.a., between (a) Earl of Egremont, and (b) James Monk of Midhurst, grocer
(a) Leases the property to (b)
Stable and adjoining coal-pen on NW. end of Midhurst Wharf abutting on all sides on the wharf; and two wooden cart sheds adjoining each other on the wharf, abutting N. on garden of Col. Buckby, W. on garden of Richard Amber, and E. and S. on the wharf (dimensions of all buildings given). [See also OF 13/41a/10 and 41]
OF 13/10/2-3
I Blacksmith's shop and shoeing room or stable (dimensions given) on Coultershaw Wharf in Petworth, on E. side of wharf, abutting N., W. and S. on the wharf and E. on a field in occ. of Richard Dearling
II Skilling shed used as a stable (dimensions given) on Coultershaw Wharf in Petworth, on N. of blacksmith's shop, part of I
OF 13/10/2 7 September 1820. Lease of I for 30 years (from 29 September 1819) at a rent of 5s. p.a., between (a) Earl of Egremont, and (b) Michael Foard of Petworth, yeo. [For a draft lease, see OF 13/41a/26]
(a) Leases the property to (b)
With note of verbal notice to determine the lease at Michaelmas 1828, 25 September 1827
OF 13/10/3 Note of intended purchase of II by James Tribe from the executors of Michael Foard, rent of 2s. 6d. p.a. to be paid to Earl of Egremont. 26 September 1829
OF 13/11 'Statement of Navigation Expenses to the end of 1796.'
OF 13/11/2 List of toll receipts, 1791/2 - 1795/6
OF 13/11/1 Rough draft 'An Abstract of the Expences incurred in making the said Navigation; drawn up, as correctly as those Expences could be ascertained, in January 1797'. [1797]
OF 13/11/3-4 Notes of expenses. [c. 1797] (2 docs.)
OF 13/12 'Relating to the Rother Navigation previous and preparatory to obtaining the Act.'
OF 13/12/1 'Report of W: Jessop Engineer on a view of the River Rother from Petworth Mills, to its junction with the River Arun'. 16 April 1783
OF 13/12/2 List of 'Owners & Occupiers on Arun River', with sketch-map
OF 13/12/3, 19 and 23 'A List of Lands lying in the Common Meadows and Brooks, and adjoining the proposed Navigations of the Rivers Rother and Arun, with the Letters of Reference to the plan'. (3 docs.)
13/12/19 and 23 are both draft lists
OF 13/12/5 'Reference to the Plan' [presumably of the junction of the Rivers Rother and Arun, location not now known]
OF 13/12/8-9 Notes on the River Arun Navigation. (2 docs.)
OF 13/12/20 Sketch map of the River Arun showing the area between Stopham and Greatham Bridges
OF 13/12/21 Memoranda for navigation plans
OF 13/12/27 'Rough Reference to the Plan of the Navigations of the Rother and Arun'
OF 13/12/28 'Reference List to the small plan of the proposed Navigation of the Rother and Arun, and the Common Meadow List, referred to by that plan'
Properties are listed alphabetically by owner
OF 13/12/30 'Mr. Tripps observations on the Quantity and per Ton for Tolls on the Navigation'
OF 13/12/31 'Estimate of the Expence of making Navigable the River Rother from its Junction with the River Arun below Mr. Smith's House to Fittleworth Mill.'
OF 13/12/32 'Plan of the Arun River from Stopham Bridge to Gretham Bridge'. A slightly enlarged version of 13/12/20, with additions
OF 13/12/4 Draft notice of application to Parliament for an Act. September 1789
Signed 'Robert Whitworth' and 'Wm. Jessop'
OF 13/12/10 Draft notice of presentation of petition to Parliament for an Act
OF 13/12/25 Notice of presentation of petition to Parliament for an Act. 5 October 1789
OF 13/12/29 Notice of presentation of petition to Parliament for an Act. [For a draft petition to the House of Commons, see CF 13/16b/3
OF 13/12/17 'An Estimate (made by Wm. Jessop Esqr. in March 1790) of the Expence of making navigable the River Rother, from its Junction with the River Arun up to Midhurst, for Vessels to feet in length and 11 ft. 10 inches in width, and drawing 3 feet of water: so that they can carry 40 Tons burden.'
OF 13/12/22 'Estimate of the Expence of making navigable the River Rother from its Junction with the River Arun to... Midhurst - for Vessels 70 feet in length, and 11 feet 10 in. in width and drawing 3 feet of water, so as to carry 40 Tons.'
OF 13/12/11-13 and 18 Correspondence (4 letters) between James Upton Tripp and W.P. Williams, John Biddulph and Euseby [Cleaver] Bishop of Ferns [as a trustee of Somerset Hospital] concerning] their consents to the River Rother Navigation. 28 December 1790 - 18 February 1791
OF 13/12/15-16 Correspondence (2 letters) between Henry Tripp and Earl of Egremont, relating to the Opinion in OF 13/16b/5. [For OF 13/16b/5, see p.] 25 [and 26] January 1791
OF 13/12/14 'Mr. Jessops Estimate from the River Arun to Coultershall Mill [and haslingbourne branch]'
OF 13/12/6 Notes on the presentation of the River Rother Navigation Bill to Parliament
OF 13/12/7 'Questions to be asked his Lordship on the Navigation' concerning the tolls to be charged
OF 13/12/24 and 26 Questions, for Counsel, concerning the River Arun Navigation. (2 docs.)
OF 13/13 'Lists of Owners and Occupiers of Lands and Premises taken away or damaged by the River Rother, with account of Recompence for same, in divers Books etc.'
OF 13/13/1 'A List of Owners and Occupiers of Lands through which the improved Navigation of the Rivers. Rother and Arun is proposed to be carried, who, on Application, have assented to or dissented from the said Navigation, or are neuter in respect thereof'. [1790-1791]
In two sections; 'from Midhurst, to the Junction of the Rother with the Arun' and 'On the Arun, between Stopham Bridge and the beginning of the Cut above Gretham Bridge'. Lists parishes, owners and occupiers, the date of application to them, and their replies; with some alterations and amendments in pencil
OF 13/13/2-3 'A List of Owners and Occupiers of Lands and Premises taken away or damaged by the River Rother Navigation, With the Price or Recompence to be paid for such Lands'. [post August 1794] (2 copies)
Lists parishes, owners and occupiers as in the first section of OF 13/13/1 (amended), with columns for the acreage, value and price paid for lands purchased, the acreage and compensation for lands damaged, and the proportion of the price or compensation to be paid to owner and occupier. There are minor variations between the two copies
OF 13/14 Relating to the application to Parliament by the Arun Proprietors for an Act (inter alia) to make a Collateral Cut from Hardham Tunnel to the Rother Navigation at the Railed Pieces.'
OF 13/14/1-14 'Papers relative to the Application to Parliament in February and March 1792 by the Arun Proprietors for an Act (inter alia) to make a Collateral Cut from Hardham Tunnel to Lord E's Navigation at the Railed Pieces, and which Application was succesfully resisted for want of their Obedi[en]cies to the Orders of the House previous to their carrying in their Petition'. 1792
OF 13/14/1-5 Correspondence (5 letters) between James Upton Tripp, and Henry Tripp and William Carleton (Clerk of the River Arun Navigation Co.). 31 January - 1 March 1792
OF 13/14/6 Letter from William Tyler to [Henry Tripp]. 1 March 1792
OF 13/14/7 Objections of Earl of Egremont
OF 13/14/8-10 Notes on the River Arun Navigation. (3 docs.)
OF 13/14/11-12 Copy petition to the House of Commons by the 'Proprietors, Owners and Occupiers of Land... adjoining to or near the Rivers Arun and Rother' for leave to bring in a bill to enable the River Arun Navigation Co. to make a canal from Arfold Lock to [Lee Bridge in] Kirdford and to make a cut from Hardham Tunnel to the River Rother Navigation at Rail[ed] Pieces in Stopham. 28 February 1792. (2 copies)
13/14/11 With copy letter from William Carleton [to James Upton Tripp], 28 February 1792
OF 13/14/13 Draft petition to the House of Commons by Earl of Egremont praying that the section of the Bill relating to the cut from Hardham Tunnel to Railed Pieces in Stopham should not be enacted
OF 13/14/14 Wrapper
OF 13/15 'Proceedings Letters etc. in the Suit Earl of Egremont versus Sheen for Navigation Dues.'
OF 13/15/1-20 Earl of Egremont versus John Shean. 1794-1795
Shean argued that converted timber (e.g. staves or rails) should be regarded as timber for toll and wharfage charges and therefore, under s. 18 of the River Rother Navigation Act, 1791, the tolls thereon should be calculated by measurement and not by weight. The case was not taken to Assizes but was tried by a jury at Petworth on a writ of enquiry of damages
OF 13/15/1-6 Correspondence (6 letters) between James Upton Tripp and Earl of Egremont, and Messrs. Shean and Parmiter, John Shean, W. Jessop and James Hancock. 9 October 1794 - 8 February 1795
OF 13/15/8-9 Correspondence (2 letters) between J. Upton Tripp, and John Shean and James Hancock. 9 February - 2 March 1795
OF 13/15/10 Copy declaration on behalf of Earl of Egremont by James Upton Tripp. 1795
With covering letter from H. Young, 10 February 1795
OF 13/15/12-14, 16 and 19-20 Correspondence (6 letters) between James Upton Tripp and Earl of Egremont, and H. Young, William Illingworth, D. Howard and James Hancock. 1 April - 28 April 1795
OF 13/15/11 Order from the Deputy Sheriff of Sussex to his Bailiff to summon a jury at Petworth on 18 April 1795. 11 April 1795
OF 13/15/7 and 15 Subpoena directed to Daniel Digance and William Tate jun 12 February 1795, with accompanying instructions, 16 April 1795
OF 13/15/17 Draft application of James Upton Tripp regarding costs. [1795]
With covering letter from H. Young, 21 April 1795
OF 13/15/18 List of the arrears claimed by Earl of Egremont of Messrs. Shean and Parmiter, 5 August 1793 - 12 September 1794. April 1795
OF 13/16a 'Miscellaneous Papers respecting the lands taken away and damaged.'
OF 13/16a/27 Letter from W. Jessop to James Upton Tripp, concerning the construction of the navigation. 4 April 1792
OF 13/16a/1 Account of the compensation due to John Turner. June 1792
OF 13/16a/2-3 Correspondence (2 letters) between James Upton Tripp and Messrs. James Ibbetson and Co., concerning the rate of tolls charged on the navigation. 23 June - 7 July 1793
OF 13/16a/4 Calculations of T. Upton relating to OF 13/16a/2-3. 1793
OF 13/16a/14 Copy notice to owners and occupiers to send in claims. 14 March 1795
OF 13/16a/6 List of possible surveyors. [April 1795]
OF 13/16a/12 List of 'Persons to be written to about Navigation Meetings for ascertaining value of Lands and Damages.' [April 1795]
OF 13/16a/13 Notice of meetings of owners and occupiers of land taken or damaged in the construction of the navigation. 26 April 1795
OF 13/16a/5, 7-11 Correspondence (6 letters) between James Upton Tripp and John Ewen, William Fuller, William Jones, Edmund Johnson and George Lanes, 30 April - 9 May 1795
OF 13/16a/16-17 Lists of persons attending meetings. 7 and 9 May 1795. (2 docs.)
OF 13/16a/15 Copy circular letter to owners and occupiers from James Upton Tripp. 31 July 1795
OF 13/16a/18 Wrapper
OF 13/16a/53 'Measurement of Lands taken away and damaged by the Rother Navigation', as valued by George Smallpiece. 21 October 1796
Lists owners, occupiers, quantities of land taken or damaged and compensation paid
OF 13/16a/19 Valuation of 'The Earl of Egremont's Land proposed to be Exchang'd with Mr. [William] Poyntz'. 30 October 1796
OF 13/16a/25-26 Draft and fair copy of two queries to [George] Smallpiece about compensation for damages. January 1797. (2 docs.)
OF 13/16a/20 24 May 1797. Letter of attorney, from (a) Alice Alderton of Shalford (co. Surrey) wid., to (b) James Young of Shalford, gent. to treat with Commissioners for carrying into execution an Act of Parliament [River Rother Navigation Act, 1791], concerning lands of (a) in Tillington
OF 13/16a/30-36 Documents relating to the clearing of drains in land at Stopham owned by Walter Smyth. 1800-1801
OF 13/16a/30-32 and 36 Correspondence (4 letters) between Earl of Egremont and [Thomas] Upton, and Walter Smyth. 25 February 1800 - 16 March 1801 and n.d
OF 13/16a/34-35 Agreement (draft and executed copies) as to the clearing of the drains. 31 March 1800
OF 13/16a/33 Agreement as to the clearing of the drains. 28 March 1801
OF 13/16a/39-52 Documents relating to land in East Common Meadow in Lodsworth. 1800-1809
OF 13/16a/39 Letter from [Richard] Hollist to [James Upton] Tripp. 8 October 1800
OF 13/16a/40-41 Extract from [George] Smallpiece's valuation showing compensation due to John Reed. 10 October 1800. (2 copies)
OF 13/16a/43 Notes [? by Richard Hollist] on his claim to the land. January 1804
OF 13/16a/44 Notes on Earl of Egremont's rights to the land. July 1807
OF 13/16a/42 and 45-51 Correspondence (7 letters) between Richard Hollist and Earl of Egremont. 22 June 1807 - 6 July [1808]
13/16a/42 is a sketch plan to accompany 13/16a/47
OF 13/16a/52 Letter from [? William] Mitford to [William] Tyler. 8 June 1809
OF 13/16a/28-29 Draft letter from Earl of Egremont to [Walter Smyth]. 22 June 1801
With enclosed notice (13/16a/28) threatening the prosecution of 'every Bargeman or other Person who shall leave the lower Gates shut or the Upper Gates or the Cloughs thereof open after passing through any Lock of the said Navigation', 22 June 1801
OF 13/16a/37 Proposal by Thomas Upton to increase toll charges on the navigation. January 1802
OF 13/16a/21 'Expences Repairing the Damages at Moorland Lock 1802'. [1802]
OF 13/16a/38 Memorandum of the expenses of the repair of Lodgbridge [Lodsbridge]. 5 January 1803
OF 13/16a/22 Note that 4030 tons of chalk were transported on the navigation in 1803
OF 13/16a/23-24 Notes on a proposal made by Walter Smyth, John Turner and James Heath as to making a grass weir near Stopham Lock. 1804. (2 docs.)
OF 13/16b 'Miscellaneous Papers Letters Accounts etc.'
OF 13/16b/55 'An Estimate of the Charges for Erecting Locks making Cutts Cleansing and Scowring the River and making that branch of Arundel River Navigable which extends it self from the River Arun to Midhurst'
[c. 1785]
OF 13/16b/3 Draft petition to the House of Commons by Earl of Egremont for leave to bring a bill for making the River Rother navigable from Midhurst and making a cut at Stopham to connect with the River Arun. [1790]
OF 13/16b/4 Draft petition to the House of Commons by Earl of Egremont for leave to bring in a bill for making the River Rother navigable from the River Arun at Stopham Bridge through Stopham, Hardham, Coldwaltham and Bury. [1790]
OF 13/16b/5 Case for the Opinion of Counsel, with the Opinion of A. Chambre and Henry Tripp thereon, 24 Jan. 1791. [2 For correspondence relating to this Opinion, see OF 13/12/15-16]
Opinion was sought on the obligations of the River Arun Navigation Co. under the River Arun Navigation Act, 1785
OF 13/16b/1-2 Draft petition to the House of Commons by 'several Merchants, Tradesmen and other Persons residing or having Estates within the Town of Pulborough and parts adjacent' for leave to bring in a bill for improving the navigation of the River Arun, reciting that 'none of the Works intended' by the River Arun Navigation Act, 1785, have been begun. [1791]
With covering letter (13/16b/2) from Edward Barwell to [James Upton] Tripp, 30 January 1791
OF 13/16b/8-10 Documents relating to the practicability of linking waterways in Sussex with the River Wey Navigation at Stonebridge. 1793
OF 13/16b/9 Observations of Thomas Upton on the practicability of extending the River Arun Navigation from Newbridge, via Drungewick, Alfold Park and Cranleigh Stream (all co.Surrey), to Stonebridge in Shalford (co. Surrey), with a branch from Alfold to Broadbridge Heath. 8 March 1793
OF 13/16b/10 Observations of Thomas Upton on the practicability of making a navigation from the River Rother at Sutton Meadow, via Haslingbourne Brook, Petworth, Alfold Park and Cranleigh Stream, to Stonebridge, with a branch from Alfold to Broadbridge Heath. 8 March 1793
OF 13/16b/8 Notes of comparative distances between 13/16b/9 and 10. 1793
OF 13/16b/12-13 Valuations of timber by A.J. Capron jun. 2 January and February 1795
OF 13/16b/52 Printed notice concerning tolls and wharfage rates charged and regulations as to the working of the navigation, as laid down in the River Rother Navigation Act, 1791. [c. 1795]
OF 13/16b/53-54 Blank printed forms. [c. 1795]
OF 13/16b/53 Collector's account of tolls and wharfage rates
OF 13/16b/54 Toll receipt tickets
OF 13/16b/14-16 Correspondence (3 letters) between James Upton Tripp and Thomas Upton, and George Smallpiece concerning the valuation of lands taken for the navigation. 28 October - 11 November 1796
OF 13/16b/11 Note of land to be exchanged as in OF 13/16a/19. [c. 1796]
OF 13/16b/17-21 Correspondence (5 letters) between Thomas Upton, and John King and John Ibbetson and Co. concerning the payment of tonnage and wharfage dues. 6 July 1797 - 25 January 1798
OF 13/16b/22-24 Correspondence (3 letters) between James Upton Tripp and William Tyler, and John Ibbetson, concerning damage done to meadows at Sutton resulting from the navigation. 5 June 1800 - 11 October 1801
OF 13/16b/25 Valuation by W. Bridger of land in Sutton Mead. 10 September 1800
OF 13/16b/51 'Rough Estimate of a proposed Navigable Cut, from Hazleingbourne to a Meadow Joining the road by Hampers Common Called Long Mead ...' [c. 1800]
OF 13/16b/26 Letter from J. Stubington to James Upton Tripp concerning land claimed by both parties. 6 September 1801
OF 13/16b/6-7 Copies of River Arun Navigation mortgage security IN/Arun/F3/1. n.d. (2 docs.)
OF 13/16b/27 Letter from Thomas P. Upton to William Mitford concerning damage to Shopham Bridge resulting from the 'great flood when the Snow melted last Winter'. 26 September 1814
OF 13/16b/29-30 Petition to Earl of Egremont by 'the Bailiff and Burgesses of the Borough of Midhurst, and of the Principal Inhabitants of the Town and Neighbourhood of Midhurst', requesting the removal of sand which obstructed the navigation. June 1816
With letter (13/16b/30) from James Monk (Bailiff of Midhurst) to Earl of Egremont, 8 November 1817
OF 13/16b/28 Letter from John King (Lock Keeper at Fittleworth) to William Tyler concerning an allowance for 'dirt' in a load of timber. 5 September 1816
OF 13/16b/31 'Difference of Measured and Weighed Tons [of timber] on the Rother Navigation', 15 April 1816 - 1 March 1817
OF 13/16b/32-33 Notice concerning the fixing of tonnage index marks on vessels using the navigation. 20 July 1818
OF 13/16b/32 Manuscript notice, signed by Earl of Egremont
OF 13/16b/33 Printed notice
OF 13/16b/34 Letter from John Seward (General Manager of the River Arun Navigation Co.) to T.P. Upton concerning the River Arun Navigation towing path at Thorndell. 4 September 1818
OF 13/16b/35-48 Correspondence (14 docs.) between Earl of Egremont, Thomas P. Upton and William Tyler, and Charles Biddulph, concerning damage to Merrifield Meadow in Burton resulting from the Navigation. 11 April - 5 May 1819
OF 13/16b/56 'An account of different articles carried along the River Rother to and from Midhurst... in the years 1827 and 1828'
OF 13/16b/57 Toll receipts and analysis of cargoes carried in 1828-1830
OF 13/16b/49 Representation of Mr. Smith as to the wages he receives for 'rolling the Timber together or Stacking the same' on Midhurst Wharf. n.d
OF 13/16b/50 'Measure of the Merchants' Bushel which they sell Coal by at Coultershall'. n.d
OF 13/16c 'Letters from Richard Hollist respecting Piece of Land in East Mead purchased of Read. Sundry papers etc.' [Now numbered OF 13/16a/39-52, see p.]
OF 13/17 and 18 [Proceedings Letters etc. in the Suit Earl of Egremont] versus William Stareld for [Navigation Dues.]' [These bundles of documents have not been found to date]
OF 13/19 'The like versus William Upton jun. for ditto.' [These bundles of documents have not been found to date]
OF 13/20 'Printed Bill for amending the original Act, but which was not proceeded in; and Papers relating thereto.'
OF 13/20/1-6 Documents relating to the River Rother Navigation Bill, 1816
This bill was introduced in order to repeal s. 18 of the River Rother Navigation Act, 1791, which permitted the calculation of tonnage dues on timber by measurement, dues on all other goods being calculated by weight
OF 13/20/1-3 Petition to the House of Commons by Earl of Egremont for leave to bring in a bill to amend the River Rother Navigation Act, 1791. February 1816
13/20/1-2 Draft petitions
13/20/3 Copy petition signed by Earl of Egremont
OF 13/20/4-5 A Bill for altering and amending an Act, of His present Majesty, for making the River Rother navigable, from the Town of Midhurst to the Parish of Stopham, and a navigable Cut from the said River to the River Arun at or near Stepham Bridge, in the County of Sussex. 55 George III, Session 1814/15
13/20/4 Manuscript draft bill. [The title of bill in draft was 'A Bill to alter and amend an Act, passed in the 31st Year of the Reign of His Present Majesty; to enable the Earl of Egremont to make and maintain the River Rother navigable, as therein mentioned, and for other Purposes.']
13/20/5 Printed bill
OF 13/20/6 Notes of proofs of evidence. 20 February 1816
OF 13/40 'Papers etc. relative to the Trial. Earl of Egremont versus Stoveld.'
William Stoveld, a coal and timber merchant, argued that the toll and wharfage charges on Timber carried on the River Rother Navigation should, under s. 18 of the River Rother Navigation Act, 1791, be calculated by measurement and not by weight. This group of documents contains the papers for the various actions brought by the Earl of Egremont against Stoveld between 1815 and 1817
This group of documents, the largest single group in the River Rother Navigation records, contains 303 individual items and in view of bulk and technical nature of the papers it was not considered appropriate to include a detailed catalogue of the majority of the records in the present volume
OF 13/40a 8 volumes
OF 13/40b 53 documents
OF 13/40c 26 documents
OF 13/40d 33 documents
OF 13/40e 79 documents
OF 13/40f 4 documents
OF 13/40g 4 documents
OF 13/40h 33 documents
OF 13/40i 21 documents
OF 13/40j 42 documents
Since the documents in this bundle are of general relevance to the history of the River Rother Navigation they are catalogued in more detail below
OF 13/40a/1 Navigation dues book. 1 January 1809 - 31 December 1815
Gives the number, tonnage, cargo, owner, bargeman, origin and destination of each barge, and the dues payable
OF 13/40a/2-7 Account books of [William] Stoveld. 29 June 1805 - 31 December 1812
These books give details of the timber loaded on barges, destination, bargeman and purchaser
OF 13/40a/2 29 June 1805 - 31 August 1807
OF 13/40a/3 7 September 1807 - 29 August 1808
OF 13/40a/4 31 August 1808 - 3 January 1810
OF 13/40a/5 2 January - 29 December 1810
OF 13/40a/6 21 January - 13 December 1811
OF 13/40a/7 11 January 1812 - 31 December 1812
OF 13/40a/8 Account book of [William] Stoveld. 1813 - 1814
Gives details of timber [? purchased by Stoveld] with names of suppliers
OF 13/41 'Correspondence, memoranda and sundry papers connected with the Rother Navigation.'
OF 13/41a/1-52
OF 13/41a/52 1795. Draft agreement between (a) Earl of Egremont and (b) owners and occupiers of, or persons interested in lands taken for the River Rother Navigation or damaged in the construction of the navigation (no names given), to refer the valuation of such lands to -. [In place of the Commissioners referred to in s.5 of the River Rother Navigation Act, 1791.]
OF 13/41a/1 Note on the issue of toll tickets. 31 March 1816
OF 13/41a/2 Draft lease of land on Coultershaw Wharf in Petworth. 1817. [For the executed lease, see OF 13/10/1]
OF 13/41a/3-4
Coal-pen (dimensions given) on Fittleworth Wharf, 'near the bridge and within five feet of the River'
OF 13/41a/3 Letter from John Turner jun. to William Tyler. 12 March 1819
OF 13/41a/4 25 March 1819. Licence to erect and occupy at a rent 2s. 6d. p.a., from (a) Earl of Egremont, to (b) John Turner jun
OF 13/41a/47 'Sketch [plan] of part of Midhurst Wharf with the Coal Pens & Stable therein Jany. 1820'. 12.5 x 7.8. Approx. 80 in. to 1m
Names Wharf, Basin, Foot road to Midhurst, William Smiths Coal Pen and Stable, Richard Ambers Coal Pen. Compass
OF 13/41a/5 and 11-12
Coal-pen (dimensions given) nearly adjoining the store house occupied by William Upton, on Coultershaw Wharf in Petworth
OF 13/41a/5 17 June 1820. Licence (unexecuted) to occupy at a rent of 2s. 6d. p.a., from (a) on behalf of Earl of Egremont, to (b) Henry Upton of Petworth, coal merchant
OF 13/41a/11 1 September 1820. Licence to occupy at a rent of 2s. 6d. p.a., from (a) William Tyler, [On behalf of Earl of Egremont.] to (b) Henry Upton of Petworth, coal merchant
Used as draft, with pencil amendments, for 13/41a/12
OF 13/41a/12 18 December 1840. Licence to occupy at a rent of 2s. 6d. p.a. from (a) Charles Murray, [On behalf of George Wyndham.] to (b) James Upton of Petworth, coal merchant
OF 13/41a/6-9
Coal-pen (dimensions given) on Midhurst Wharf in Woolavington, on E. side and N. end of the wharf
OF 13/41a/6-7 28 August 1820. Licence (draft and executed copies) to occupy at a rent of 2s. 6d. p.a., from (a) William Tyler, [On behalf of Earl of Egremont.] to (b) William Goodner of Midhurst
OF 13/41a/8-9 Notice to quit (draft and executed copies). 19 March 1836
OF 13/41a/10 and 41
Storeroom and adjoining coal-pen (dimensions given) on NW. end of Midhurst Wharf, near the basin and abutting on all sides on the wharf. [See also OF 13/10/4-5]
OF 13/41a/10 28 August 1820. Draft lease (with marginal sketch plan)
OF 13/41a/41 11 July 1836. Lease for 30 years (from 29 September 1835 in consideration of the surrender of the previous lease and at a rent of 10s. p.a., between (a) Earl of Egremont, (b) George Monk of Arundel, grocer, James Monk of Midhurst, grocer, and Edward Monk of Lewes, grocer, (c) Jane Monk of Midhurst, wid., and (d) James Monk (as in (b))
With marginal plan of the property and endorsed with a memorandum that the property in OF 13/10/4-5 forms part of property above
OF 13/41a/13-14 1 September 1820. Licence (draft and executed copies) to occupy at a rent of 2s. 6d. p.a., from (a) William Tyler, [On behalf of Earl of Egremont.] to (b) Richard Terry of Woolavington, lime burner
Coal-pen (dimensions given) on Coultershaw Wharf in Petworth, abutting on all sides on the wharf
OF 13/41a/15-19 and 42-43
Coal-pen (dimensions given) on Coultershaw Wharf in Petworth, 'about the middle of the wharf'
OF 13/41a/15-16 1 September 1820. Licence (draft and executed copies) to occupy at a rent of 2s. 6d. p.a., from (a) William Tyler, [On behalf of Earl of Egremont.] to (b) William Wild of Petworth, coal merchant
13/41a/16 has been used as a draft, with pencil amendments, for 13/41a/19
OF 13/41a/17 Note of the dimensions of the coal pen. [1820]
OF 13/41a/18 Letter from James Green to William Tyler. 18 September 1834
OF 13/41a/19 29 September 1834. Licence to occupy at a rent of 2s. 6d. p.a., from (a) William Tyler, [On behalf of Earl of Egremont.] to (b) James Green of Petworth, coal merchant
OF 13/41a/42-43 12 June 1837. Licence (2 copies, both unexecuted) to occupy at a rent of 2s. 6d. p.a., from (a) on behalf of Earl of Egremont, to (b) John Wakeford of Petworth, coal merchant
OF 13/41a/20-21 and 28
Coal-pen (dimensions given) on Coultershaw Wharf in Petworth, on S. end of the wharf, 'near the southwest entrance'
OF 13/41a/28 1820. Draft licence to occupy at a rent of 2s. 6d. p.a., from (a) on behalf of Earl of Egremont, to (b) William Stoveld of Petworth, timber merchant
OF 13/41a/20 1 September 1820. Licence to occupy at a rent of 2s. 6d. p.a., from (a) William Tyler, [On behalf of Earl of Egremont.] to (b) Richard Juden of Petworth, coal merchant
OF 13/41a/21 Note of the dimensions of the coal-pen, now in occ. of Richard Goatcher. September 1832
OF 13/41a/22-23 and 49
Storehouse placed on brick quoins (dimensions given) on Coultershaw Wharf in Petworth, on S. end of the wharf, abutting W. on a coal-pen in occ. of Richard Juden
OF 13/41a/49 Notes on Burgess' occupation of the storehouse. [c. 1820]
OF 13/41a/22-23 1 September 1820. Licence (draft and executed copies) to occupy at a rent of 2s. 6d. p.a., from (a) William Tyler, [On behalf of Earl of Egremont.] to (b) Clement Roberts Burgess of Petworth, stonemason
13/41a/22 has been used as a draft, with amendments, for 13/41a/24
OF 13/41a/24 1 September 1820. Licence to occupy at a rent of 2s. 6d. p.a., from (a) William Tyler, (On behalf of Earl of Egremont.) to (b) Thomas Overington of Petworth, wharfinger
Room or shed (dimensions given) on Coultershaw Wharf in Petworth, on E. side of wharf
OF 13/4/a/25-26 Lease of a blacksmith's shop etc. on Coulteshaw Wharf in Petworth
OF 13/41a/25 Note of Michael Foard's desire to take a lease
19 June 1820
OF 13/41a/26 7 September 1820. Draft lease. (For the executed lease, see OF 13/10/2)
OF 13/41a/27 1820. Draft licence to occupy at a rent of 2s. 6d. p.a. from (a) on behalf of Earl of Egremont, to (b) Edward Butt of Petworth, limeburner
Coal-pen (dimensions given) on Coultershaw Wharf in Petworth, abutting on coal-pens on N. in occ. of Rev. John Sargent, and on S. in occ. of Richard Terry
With note 'Thrown open'
OF 13/41a/29-32
Coal house, coal-pen or storehouse, stone built and tile healed (dimensions given) on Coultershaw Wharf in Petworth, in NW. corner of wharf near [Coultershaw] Bridge
OF 13/41a/29-30 Draft licences to occupy
OF 13/41a/31 1 October 1824. Licence to occupy at a rent of 2s. 6d. p.a., from (a) William Tyler, [On behalf of Earl of Egremont] to (b) John Sargent of Woolavington, esq
OF 13/41a/32 Note of John Sargent's non-payment of rent
13 November 1824
OF 13/41a/33-34 8 September 1825. Licence (draft and executed copies) to occupy at a rent of 2s. 6d. p.a., from (a) William Tyler, (On behalf of Earl of Egremont) to (b) James Green of Petworth, coal merchant
Coal-pen (dimensions given) on Coultershaw Wharf in Petworth, abutting N. on a coal-pen in occ. of William Wild
OF 13/41a/35-38
Storehouse (dimensions given) to be removed from land in occ. of Henry Jupp at Haslingbourne in Petworth and erected on Coultershaw Wharf in Petworth, 'near the new made Limekilns'
OF 13/41a/35-36 Letters (2) from William and Edward Evershed to Earl of Egremont and William Tyler. 18 May and 31 August 1826
OF 13/41a/37-38 20 September 1826. Licence (draft and executed copies) to erect and occupy at a rent of 2s. 6d. p.a., from (a) William Tyler, (On behalf of Earl of Egremont) to (b) William Evershed of Arundel, soapmaker. [Evershed wished to remove his storehouse from Haslingbourne to Coultershaw 'in consequence of your Lordships stoping the River [i.e. the Haslingbourne branch of the Navigation]'.]
OF 13/41a/39-40
Coal-pen (dimensions given) on Midhurst Wharf in Woolavington, on E. side and N. end of wharf 'near the river and Basin'
OF 13/41a/39 14 April 1836. Licence to occupy at a rent of 2s. 6d. p.a., from (a) Charles Murray, [On behalf of Earl of Egremont.] to (b) William Stillwell of Linchmere, farmer
OF 13/41a/40 9 April 1856. Licence to occupy at a rent of 2s. 6d. p.a., from (a) Henry G. Brydone, [On behalf of George Wyndham.] to (b) Frank Farley of Midhurst, coal merchant
OF 13/41a/44 17 October 1840. Bond in £150 between (a) Anthony Whitting of Fittleworth, shopkeeper, James Greenfield of Petworth, butcher, Richard Goatcher of Petworth, coal merchant and William Hamman of Tripp Hill in Bury, farmer, and (b) George Wyndham of Petworth; for the due performance by Anthony Whitting of the duties of Collector of the Tolls of the Navigation
OF 13/41a/45 Draft licence to occupy coal-pens. n.d
OF 13/41a/46 List of coal-pens, stores, sheds etc. on Coultershaw, Midhurst, Lodgbridge [Lodsbridge] and Halfway Bridge Wharves. n.d
OF 13/41a/48 Notes on coal-pens etc. at Coultershaw and Midhurst Wharves. n.d
OF 13/41a/50 Bill for rent of coal pen. n.d
OF 13/41a/51 Sketch plan of Midhurst Wharf [no title or date]
13.2 x 8.2. Approx. 4ft. to 1in
Names Mr. Richard Amber's Garden, Colonel Bugby's [amended in pencil Buckby] Garden and his Wall against the wharf, Midhurst Wharf, Cart Sheds erected by William Smith and since occupied by James Monk built and covered with slabs and Boards
OF 13/41b/1-27
OF 13/41b/29 'Rev. Mr. Turner's Sketch of the new Cut through Hardham Hill and some Observations by him on the [River Arun] Navigation.' [c. 1790]
OF 13/41b/27 Details of land in Greatham through which the River Arun Navigation was constructed. [c. 1790]
OF 13/41b/1-3 Documents relating to the clearing of the old channel of the River Rother from Railed Pieces in Stopham to its junction with the River Arun Navigation by the Earl of Egremont. 1812
OF 13/41b/1 Draft agreement. 1812
OF 13/41b/2 13 March 1812. Agreement to the clearing of the River Rother signed by Walter Smyth, John Turner, James Ide, James Heath, W. Cobby, John Neale, Thomas Rice, James White, John Challen, Abel Fowler, Richard Hersee and T. Bonham
With covering letter (13/41b/3) from Thomas Bonham to Walter Smyth, 13 April 1812
OF 13/41b/4 Egremont versus Stoveld. Copy plea and notice of defendant's evidence. [1815]
OF 13/41b/17-22 Earl of Egremont versus William Upton. 1815
Upton argued that the toll and wharfage charges on timber should, under s. 18 of the River Rother Navigation Act, 1791, be calculated by measurement and not by weight
OF 13/41b/17 Copy please and notice of the defendant's evidence, 20 February 1815
OF 13/41b/18 Copy declaration of Earl of Egremont, 1815
OF 13/41b/19 Account of tonnage and wharfage dues owed by William Upton to the Earl of Egremont, 24 February - 17 October 1814
OF 13/41b/20-22 Particular of plaintiff's demand
13/41b/20 is a draft, 13/41b/21-22 are fair copies
OF 13/41b/5-16 Documents relating to the drawing off of water at Todham and Moorland sluice gates to enable the installation of new floodgates at Lodsbridge Mill, 1823-1824 and the proposed prosecution of Thomas Wilkins
OF 13/41b/5 Note of events on 10 September 1823
OF 13/41b/6 Note of events on 16-17 September 1823
OF 13/41b/7 Expenses incurred in removing sand, etc., from Todham Lock. 2 November 1823
OF 13/41b/8 Draft of evidence of William Lawrence. 4 November 1823
OF 13/41b/9-15 Correspondence (6 docs.) between William Tyler and Earl of Egremont, and Thomas Wilkins, Samuel Forster and William Poyntz. 10 November 1823 - 28 February 1824
OF 13/41b/16 Statement of Thomas P. Upton. 6 December 1823
OF 13/41b/23-26 Earl of Egremont versus William Warner. 1838
William Warner, bargemen, was prosecuted for leaving open the upper clough or sluice gate of Shopham Lock contrary to s.29 of the River Rother Navigation Act, 1791
OF 13/41b/24 Note of timber loaded on Warner's barge at Lodsbridge Wharf, 19 October 1838
OF 13/41b/25-26 Correspondence (2 letters) between Charles Murray and John Peacock. 24-25 October 1838
OF 13/41b/23 Wrapper
OF 13/41b/28 [c.1850] List of proprietors of the River Arun Navigation Co
Petworth House ACCOUNT BOOKS, 1792 - 1869
2928-2944, 2949-2951 Account Books. 1792 - 1869
2928 Account book, labelled 'Rother Navigation 1792'. 21 January - 29 December 1792
5 pp. in marbled paper covers
pp. 1-4, 'Expences [of] making Navigable the River Rother from the Arun (at Stopham) to Midhurst in the Year 1792; by Thos, Upton'; p. 5, 'Account of Timber from the Earl of Egremont 1792'
2929 Account book, labelled 'Navigation Book 1793.' 5 January - 28 December 1793
16 pp. in marbled paper covers
pp. 1-11, 'Expences [of] making Navigable the River Rother from the Arun to Midhurst in the Year 1793 By Thos. Upton'
2930 Account book, labelled 'Navigation Book 1794.' 4 January - 27 December 1794
122 pp. in parchment covers
pp. 1-95, 'Expences [of] making Navigable the River Rother from the Arun to Midhurst 1794; By Thos, Upton'; pp. 103-104, 'Expences [of] making a Navigable Cut or Canal from the River Rother to Haslingbourne in the Year 1794 By Thos, Upton'
2931 Account book, labelled 'Navigation 1795'. 18 October 1794 - 31 December 1795
88 pp. in marbled paper covers
pp. 1-42, 'Expences [of] making Navigable the River Rother from the Arun to Midhurst in the Year 1795 By Thos. Upton'; pp. 45-73, 'Expences [of] making a Navigable Cut or Canal from the River Rother to Hazleingbourne in the Year 1795 By Thos. Upton'; p. 74, 'Cash paid to the Men for Fast Day Feb. 25th, [1795] By my Lords order'; p. 75, 'Cash paid for Mens time filling a hole in the Road at Lodgebridge [Lodsbridge] ...', 18 October 1794 - 25 April 1795;[See also OF/13/3/2.] pp. 76-77, Houghton Chalk Pit Account, 8 November 1794 - 27 December 1795; p. 79, index
2932 Account book, labelled 'Navigation Book 1796'. 2 January - 31 December 1796
21 pp. in marbled paper covers
pp. 1-19, 'Expences at the Rother Navigation, including the Canal to Haslingbourne, for the Year 1796'; pp. 20-21, Houghton Chalk Pit Account, 1796
2933 Account book, labelled 'Navigation Book 1797'. 7 January - 29 December 1797
24 pp. in marbled paper covers
pp. 1-19, 'Expences at the Rother Navigation, including the Canal to Haslingbourne, for the Year 1797'; p. 19, 'Account of Timber nails &c. had from the Earl of Egremonts yard used at the Navigation 1797 taken from the preceding account'; pp. 20-21, Houghton Chalk Pit Account, 1797
2934 Account book, labelled 'Navigation Book 1798'. 6 January - 22 December 1798
16 pp. in marbled paper covers
pp. 1-11, 'Expences at the Rother Navigation including the Canal to Haslingbourne for the Year 1798'; p. 12, 'An Account of Timber Nails &c. had from the Earl of Egremont used at the Navigation 1798 taken from the preceeding Account'; pp. 14-15, Houghton Chalk Pit Account, 1798
2935 Account book, labelled 'Navigation Book 1799'. 9 January - 28 December 1799
13 pp. in marbled paper covers
pp. 1-11, 'Expences at the Rother Navigation including the Haslingbourne Canal for the Year 1799'; pp. 11, 'An Account of Timber Nails &c. had from the Earl of Egremont used at the Navigation 1799 taken from the preceeding Account'; pp. 12-13, Houghton Chalk Pit Account, 1799
2936 Account Book, labelled 'Navigation Book 1800'. 20 January - 31 December 1800
16 pp. in marbled paper covers
pp. 1-13, 'Expences at the Rother Navigation including the Canal to Haslingbourne for the Year 1800'; p. 13, 'An Account of Timber, Nails, &c. had from the Earl of Egremonts used at the Navigation 1800 taken from the preceeding Account'; pp. 14-15, Houghton Chalk Pit Account, 1800
2937 Account book, labelled 'Navigation Book 1801.' 17 January - 31 December 1801
16 pp. in marbled paper covers
pp. 1-13, 'Expences at the Rother Navigation including the Canal to Haslingbourne for the Year 1801'; p. 13, 'An Account of Timber, Nails &c. had from the Earl of Egremonts used at the Navigation 1801 taken from the preceeding Account'; pp. 14-15, Houghton Chalk Pit Account, 1801
2938 Account book, labelled 'Navigation Book 1802'. 2 January - 31 December 1802
17 pp. in marbled paper covers
pp. 1-15, 'Expences at the River Rother Navigation including the Haslingbourne Canal for the Year 1802'; p. 15, 'An Account of Timber, Nails &c. had from the Earl of Egremonts, used at the Navigation 1802, taken from the preceding Account'; pp. 16-17, Houghton Chalk Pit Account, 1802
2939 Account book, labelled 'Navigation Book 1803'. 8 January - 31 December 1803
16 pp. in marbled paper covers
pp. 1-12, 'Expences at the Rother Navigation including the Haslingbourne Canal', 1803; p. 12, 'An Account of Timber, Nails &c. had from the Earl of Egremonts used at the Navigation 1803 taken from the preceeding Account'; pp. 14-15, Houghton Chalk Pit Account, 1803
2940 Account book, labelled 'Navigation Account 1804'. 7 January - 31 December 1804
13 pp. in marbled paper covers
pp. 1-11, 'Expences at the Rother Navigation including the Haslingbourne Canal' 1804; pp. 12-13, Houghton Chalk Pit Account, 1804; p. 12, 'An Account of Timber Nails &c. had from the Earl of Egremonts Yard used at the Navigation 1804 taken from the preceeding Account'
2941 Account book, labelled 'Navigation Book 1805'. 12 January - 28 December 1805
16 pp. in marbled paper covers
pp. 1-15, 'Expences at the Rother Navigation including the Haslingbourne Canal 1805'; p. 16, 'An Account of timber, Iron work Nails &c. had from the Earl of Egremonts Yards used at the Navigation 1805 taken from the preceeding Account'
2942 Account book, labelled 'Navigation Account 1806'. 4 January - 27 December 1806
13 pp. in marbled paper covers
pp. 1-12, 'Expences at the Rother Navigation including Haslingbourne Canal', 1806; p. 13, 'An Account of Timber, Iron work, Nails &c. had from the Earl of Egremonts Yard used at the Navigation in 1806 taken from the preceeding Account'
2943 Account book, labelled 'Navigation Account 1807'. 3 January - 26 December 1807
16 pp. in marbled paper covers
pp. 1-13, 'Expences at the Rother Navigation including the Haslingbourne Canal', 1807; p. 14, 'An Account of Timber, Iron work, Nails &c. had from the Earl of Egremonts yard used at the Navigation in 1807 taken from the preceeding account'
2944 Account book, labelled 'Navigation Book 1808'. 8 January - 30 December 1808
12 pp. in marbled paper covers
pp. 1-9, 'Expences at the Rother Navigation including the Haslingbourne Canal', 1808; p. 10, 'An Account of Timber, Iron work, Nails &c. had from the Earl of Egremonts Yard used at the Navigation in 1808, taken from the preceding Account'
2949 Account book, labelled 'Navigation 1815... [18]31'. 7 January 1815 - 26 February 1847
vi + 272 pp. in parchment covers
pp. i-iii, copies of correspondence with, and memoranda directed to, wharfingers, 2 August 1816 - 28 March 1824; pp. 1-17, toll receipts, 1815/16-1831;[Toll receipts for the years 1821-1830 are also listed following the expenses for the appropriate year.] pp. 18-69, annual accounts of the expenses of operating and maintaining the Navigation, 2 1828-1831 (part); pp. 70-252, annual accounts of the expenses of operating and maintaining the Navigation,[Annual accounts of the ironwork, timber and nails taken from the Earl of Egremont's yard for use on the Navigation are given following the general expenses for each year.] 1815-1827; pp. 253-261, 'Rental of Buildings, Sheds & Coal Pens in the Earl of Egremonts Wharfs on the River Rother Navigation', 12 October 1821 - 26 February 1847;[Accounts of the rents received for buildings etc. for the years 1817 and 1821-1830 are also listed following the expenses for the appropriate year.] pp. 263, 265, 267, annual accounts of cash paid to [William] Tyler on the underwoods account, 1811-1823; pp. 264, 266, 268, annual accounts of cash paid to [William] Tyler on the Navigation account, 1813-1822; pp. 269-270, sand and stone account, January 1828 - 7 November 1831; p.272, 'Prices of materials', 1825, 1829, 1833
2950 Account book. 22 October 1831 - 20 May 1847
268 pp. in parchment covers
p. 1, prices of materials, 1833 and n.d.; pp. 2-241, annual accounts of the expenses of operating and maintaining the Navigation,[Annual accounts of the iron work, timber and nails taken from the Earl of Egremont's [later Colonel Wyndham's] yard for use on the Navigation, and annual accounts of the rents received for buildings, etc., are given following the general expenses for each year.] 1831 (part) - 1846; pp. 253-254, wages paid to the wharfinger at Coultershaw Wharf, 1841 - 1846; pp. 254, 255, 265, receipts from the delivery of goods from Coultershaw Wharf, 1841 - 1847 (part); pp. 257, 259-262, toll receipts, 1832 - 1844;[Toll receipts for the years 1831-1846 are also listed following the expenses for the appropriate year.] pp. 257, 263-264, 266-267, receipts from sales of sand, 15 June 1832 - 20 May 1847
2951 Account book, labelled '1847-1869 Navigation Book'. 1 January 1847 - 9 February 1874
ii + 229 ff. in parchment covers
p. i, 'Prices of Materials used at the Rother Navigation', 1847; p. ii, index; ff. 1-186, annual accounts of the expenses of operating and maintaining the Navigation,[Toll receipts for the years 1847 and 1855-1869, and accounts of the rents received for buildings, etc., for the year 1847, are given following the general expenses for the appropriate year] 1847 - 1869; ff. 198v-202, 207v-211, wages paid to the wharfinger at Coultershaw Wharf, 1847 - 1869; f. 202v, miscellaneous receipts, 23 March 1855 - 30 September 1865; ff. 203v-205, 211v-213, receipts from sales of sand, 1847 - 1869; ff. 206v-207, 214v-216, 219v-222, wharfage receipts, 1851 - 1869; ff. 213v-214, receipts from the delivery of goods from Coultershaw Wharf, 1847 (part) - 1851; ff. 216v-219, 223v-224v, 'Rental of Buildings, Sheds and Coal Pens in Colonel Wyndham's Wharfs on the River Rother Navigation', 24 January 1848 - 9 February 1874; f. 228, 'Proprietors of the Arun Navigation', n.d., ff. 228v-229, copies of correspondence with wharfingers and barge owners, 31 July 1848 - 25 April 1855
2945-2946 Contractors' Account Books. 1792 - 1793
These volumes list the bills submitted by, and payments made to, the various sub-contractors by the contractors (Messrs. Charles and Samuel Jones), and also the payments made to the contractors in respect of these sums
2945 Contractors' account book, labelled 'Navigation Account. 1792'
7 July 1792 - 17 June 1793
91 ff. in parchment covers
2946 Contractors' account book, labelled 'Navigation 1793'. 28 June - 28 November 1793
89 ff. in parchment covers
2947-2948 Draft Account books. 1793 - 1810
2947 Draft Account book. 24 August 1793 - 30 December 1798
189 ff. in parchment covers
Expenses of constructing the Navigation: ff. 2v-27, 23 November 1793 - 24 December 1794 (confused); ff. 27v-29, 3 July - 30 August 1794; ff. 29v-31, 3 January - 27 May 1795; ff. 31v-39, 30 August 1794 - 2 May 1795; ff. 156-162, 30 May - 30 October 1795; ff. 163v-165v, 31 October - 31 December 1795
Expenses of constructing the Haslingbourne Navigation: ff. 40v-50v, 25 October 1794 - 26 September 1795; f. 51, 11 October - 20 December 1794; ff. 51v-53v, 3 October 1795 - 21 August 1797; ff. 54-59, 7 January - 7 October 1795; f. 6v, 8 October - 31 December 1795; ff. 81v-82v, 16 January - 14 December 1796
Annual accounts of the expenses of operating and maintaining the Navigation: ff. 60v-76, 1797 - 1798; ff. 175-176, 1796 (part); ff. 180v-182, 1796 (part); f. 187v, 1796 (part)
Summary accounts: ff. 83v-84, 1793 - 1796
'Expenses in Dreaning the meadows &Ca Finishing the works began by Mr Jones below Lodgebridge [Lodsbridge] & the Extra's not Included in his Contract above it by Thos Upton': ff. 85-154, 24 August 1793 - 4 November 1797 (confused). 'Chalk pit's acct. at Houghton': ff. 162v-163, 28 January 1797 - 6 November 1798. Toll receipts: ff. 166v-173, 1795/96 - 1976/97; ff. 183v-187, 1797/98. ff. 176v-177, 'William Dales Reasons why the Water of the River for the Use of Coultershaw Mill should be drawn down to the depth of twenty inches, at least, below the Level of the Tumbling Bay', 27 November 1794; ff. 177v-178, copy of letter from W. Jessop to Earl of Egremont, replying to Dale's request, 23 November 1794; f. 178v, 'Oak for Two Locks 8f. 6in. Rise Hazleingbourn Canal Gates'; f. 179. 'Oak for Bason at Midhurst'. 'Elm or Beach For 2 locks Haslingbourne line', 'Fir for One floodsluice at Hazleingbourne', 'Oak Timber for Ditto'; f. 179v, 'Wanting for two Setts of Wrought Iron gate work to the Locks Hazleingbourne Canal', 'Cast Iron gatework for two locks on Hazleingbourne Canal'; f. 180, 'Observations about wood work & Paddle hoals of Locks', 'Concerning ashler stone headers'; ff. 188v-189v, copies of correspondence with James Upton Tripp, 22 November 1794 - 12 September 1795
2948 Draft account book. 30 March 1797 - 1 January 1810
145 ff. in parchment covers
f. 1, note concerning the ballast barge, May 1809
Cash accounts: ff. 1v-40, 30 March 1797 - 20 November 1806; ff. 51v-60, 22 November 1806 - 25 March 1809; ff. 119v-122, 31 March 1809 - 1 January 1810
Annual accounts of the expenses of operating and maintaining the Navigation: ff. 40v-50, 1805; ff. 60v-65, 1799; ff. 75v-115, 1800 - 1804
Houghton Chalk Pit account: ff. 65v-66, 1799; ff. 74v-75, 1800; ff. 115v-119, 1801 - 1804
Toll receipts; ff. 66v-74, 1798/99 - 1799/1800; ff. 122v-144, 1800/1 - 1804/5
5432 Draft account book, labelled 'Navigation. Cash Book. 1795 1796'. 16 December 1794 - 25 September 1797
i + 139 ff. in parchment covers, with loose index
Miscellaneous accounts relating to the maintenance and construction of the Navigation are interspersed with similar accounts for 'Lowering the Lawn' [at Petworth House]
MAPS AND PLANS
3502 'A Plan of the Rother Navigation belonging to the Earl of Egremont from its Junction with the River Arun up to Midhurst also shewing the old River Arun round by Pulborough and Mr. Digance's Canal & Tunnel [added in a later hand 1793]'. [No surveyor] 4 in. to 1 m
12.2 x 43
Shows the Rivers Rother and Arun and the new cuts on the Rother in the parishes of Greatham, Amberley, Hardham, Wiggonholt, Pulborough, Stopham, Coldwaltham, Fittleworth, Bury, Coates, Sutton, Burton, Egdean, Petworth, Duncton, Tillington, Lodsworth, Selham, South Ambersham, Easebourne, Woolavington and Midhurst. Names New Canal & Tunnel [Arun Navigation]; Greatham, Shopham, Rother, Lodge [Lodsbridge] and Halfway Bridges; 1st [Stopham], 2nd [Fittleworth], 3rd - Shopham, 4th [Coultershaw], 5th - Ladymead, 6th - Lodgebridge [Lodsbridge], 7th - Moorland and 8th [Todham] Locks on the main navigation and 1st and 2nd Locks on the Haslingbourne branch; Fittleworth, Coultershall [Coultershaw] and Lodsbridge Mills; Byworth and Haslingbourne in Petworth. Marks churches and Stopham ('- Smyth Esqr') and Cowdray ('Lord Montague') Houses in conventional elevation. Compass
3503 'Plan of the Rother Navigation belonging to the Earl of Egremont from its Junction with the River Arun, up to Midhurst; including a branch to Haslingbourne; also the old River Arun round by Pulborough; and Mr. Digance's Canal and Tunnel. 1796' [No surveyor] Approx. 4 in. to 1 m. 12.4 x 45.1
Shows the Rivers Rother and Arun and the new cuts on the Rother in the parishes of Greatham, Amberley, Hardham, Wiggonholt, Pulborough, Stopham, Coldwaltham, Fittleworth, Bury, Coates, Sutton, Burton, Egdean, Petworth, Duncton, Tillington, Lodsworth, Selham, South Ambersham, Easebourne, Woolavington and Midhurst. Names Mr. Digances Canal and Tunnel [Arun Navigation]; Greatham, Shopham, Rother and Halfway Bridges; Stopham, Fittleworth, Shopham, Coultershaw, Ladymead, Lodsbridge, Moorland and Todham Locks; Fittleworth, Coultershaw and Lodsbridge Mills; Byworth and Haslingbourne in Petworth. Marks churches and Stopham ('Walter Smyth Esqr.') add Cowdray ('Lord Montague') Houses in conventional elevation. Compass
3504 'Plan of the Navigable Line of the River Rother, in the County of Sussex; (including the Haslingbourne Cut) 1797'. [No surveyor] 20 in. to 1 m. 28.5 x 203
Shows the River Rother and new cuts in the parishes of Hardham, Stopham, Coldwaltham, Fittleworth, Bury, Coates, Sutton, Burton, Egdean, Petworth, Duncton, Tillington, Lodsworth, Selham, South Ambersham, Easebourne, Woolavington and Midhurst. Names Cut through Hardham Hill [Arun Navigation]; River Arun; Stopham Common Meadow in Stopham; Waltham Common Meadow in Coldwaltham; Lee Lower, Lee Lower Common, Lee Upper Common, Wide Common, The Wippants Common, Mill Common, Wier Common, Stringers and Bigener Meadows, Great and Sheppards Brooks, The Brook and Wharf in Fittleworth; Steeple, Hasworth and Coates Common Meadows in Coates; Bigener Meadow in Egdean; Sutton Common and Rush Meadows in Sutton;. Bigener, Loves Common, Fore Common, Byworth Common, Rough, Carbrook Common, Little, West Common, Wide Common, Mill Common, Hole, North Common, Pike Shoot, Sweet Common, Wire, Shovell Tree and Long Meadows, Hough Brook, Haslingbourne Lagg, The Lagg, Three Corner and Brook Fields and Byworth Mead in Petworth; Merryfield, Shuttwools, Hayland, Rough, Hanger, Middle Fields and Main Meadows and Burton Rough Hanger in Burton; Long Ham, Cathanger and Cathanger Common Meadows in Duncton; Budham Common, Upper Common, Lady Common, Round, Middle Common, Hole Common, Upper, Ash Common, Farm Common and Netherlands, Great Meadows, Furze Field, Perefield Hanger and Plot, and Rye Croft in Tillington; Oak, East Common, Little East, Hole, East, Granary Westland, Puphill Common, Nore, The Ham, Hole and Lodgebridge Mill Widows, Pond Close, Rickyard Plot, Calfs Patch, Beech Croft, Peat Moor, and Rushy Brook in Lodsworth; Selham Common and Selham Meadows in Selham; Nepland, Marsh, Ambersham Common and Umney Common Meadows, Umney Field, The Upper Ham, and Little Mead in South Ambersham; Easebourne Common, Nine Acre, Lower, Gate, Fountain, Gut, Turners Wall, Hanger, Home, Upper, Middle and Lower Meadows in Easebourne; Balls Meadow and St. Johns Hanger in Woolavington; South Pond and Ambers and Lower Plots in Midhurst; Stopham, Rother and Shopham Bridges; Stopham, Fittleworth, Shopham, Coultershaw, Ladymead, Lodgebridge [Lodsbridge], Moorland and Todham Locks; Fittleworth, Coultershaw and Lodgebridge Mills. The names of owners and occupiers of fields adjacent to the river and cuts are given. Stopham House ('Walter Smyth Esq.'), Lee Farm in Fittleworth and Bigener [Bignor Farm] in Petworth are marked in conventional elevation. Reference table listing land cut off by the new cuts, rendered inconvenient thereby and purchased or rearranged by Earl of Egremont. Compass
3505 No title, surveyor or date, but draft of P.H.A. 3504. 20 in. to 1 m. 23.6 x 188.5
3560 'Design for the Bridges on the Rother Navigation'. Signed 'W. Jessop. 1791'. 1 in. to 4 ft. 14.8 x 21.2
Shows the side elevation of a bridge, with notes on its construction
3563 Manuscript sketch map, endorsed 'Navigation to Stonebridge 1793'. [No title, surveyor or scale, but approx. 1 in. to 1 m.]
19.3 x 15.4
Shows a system of waterways from Stonebridge in Shalford (co. Surrey), through Alfold to Newbridge in Wisborough Green with branches from Alfold to River Rother and to Broadbridge Heath
ACTS OF PARLIAMENT, 1791
[River Rother Navigation Act, 1791.] 31 George III, c. lxvi. An Act to enable the Earl of Egremont to make and maintain the River Rother navigable, from the Town of Midhurst, to a certain Meadow, called the Railed Pieces, or Stopham Meadow, in the Parish of Stopham, and a navigable Cut, from the said River to the River Arun, at or near Stopham Bridge, in the County of Sussex; and for other Purposes. 1791
MITFORD MANUSCRIPTS, 1791
[River Rother Navigation Act, 1791.] 31 George III, c. lxvi. An Act to enable the Earl of Egremont to make and maintain the River Rother navigable, from the Town of Midhurst, to a certain Meadow, called the Railed Pieces, or Stopham Meadow, in the Parish of Stopham, and a navigable Cut, from the said River to the River Arun, at or near Stopham Bridge, in the County of Sussex; and for other Purposes. [11 April] 1791
Endorsed 'For Wm. Mitford Esq. Pitshill'
William Mitford was one of the Commissioners appointed in s. of the Act for settling differences over the purchase price of land and repayment for damages
ADD. MS. 28,765
Map of the Rother and Arun Navigation, c. 1820-1840
Photocopied by the late G.D. Johnston from the original among the manuscripts of the late F.W. Bourdillon of Buddington near Woolbeding in the National Library of Wales [5111B 111], who presented it to the Sussex Archaeological Society in April 1951; transferred to the West Sussex Record Office, February 1983
28,765 ROTHER AND ARUN NAVIGATION, c. 1820-1840
Map of the Rivers Rother and Arun from Woolbeding to Little-Hampton. [Surveyor unknown] 1in. to 1m. 15¼ x 13½
Gives names of places on either side of the rivers. Shows bridges, canals and adjacent roads, woods and hills
MISCELLANEOUS PAPERS
MP 188(1) Printed notice concerning tolls and wharfage rates charged and regulations as to the working of the Navigation, as laid down in the Rother Navigation Act, 1791 (31 George IV, c. lxvi). [c. 1795]
MP 188(2) Printed notice concerning the fixing of tonnage marks on vessels using the Navigation. 20 July 1818

Administrative history:
The Rother Navigation Act, 1791 (31 George III, c. lxvi), [An Act to enable the Earl of Egremont to make and maintain the River Rother navigable, from the Town of Midhurst, to a certain Meadow, called the Railed Pieces, or Stopham Meadow, in the Parish of Stopham, and a navigable Cut, from the said River to the River Arun, at or near Stopham Bridge, in the County of Sussex; and for other purposes. 11 April 1791.] permitted George Wyndham O'Brien, 3rd Earl of Egremont 'to make and maintain the said River Rother navigable and possible for Boats... from or near the said Meadow or Close of Land called The Lower Platt, in or near the said Town of Midhurst, in, through, or near the parishes of Woollavington and Easebourn... the Tything of Ambersham, in the Parish of Steep... and also in, through or near the several other Parishes of Selham, Lodsworth, Tillington, Burton, Duncton, Petworth, Sutton, Coates, Egdean, Fittleworth, Bury, Coldwaltham, and Stopham... to and into the said Meadow or Close of Land, called the Railed Pieces, or Stopham Meadow, in the said Parish of Stopham; and also to make and maintain a Cut or Canal... from the said River Rother, through or near the said Meadow or Close of Land, called the Railed Pieces, or Stopham Meadow to the said River Arun, at or near a certain Bridge over the same River called Stopham Bridge... and likewise to make and maintain One other navigable Cut or Canal, from the said River Rother, at or near Stopham Bridge [Recte Shopham Bridge.] called Haslingbourn Bridge, within the said Parish of Petworth'
The main navigation, which was probably completed in 1795, ran from Stopham to Midhurst, 11.3 miles in length with eight locks - Stopham Lock, Fittleworth Lock, Shopham Lock, Coultershaw Lock, Ladymead Lock, Lodsbridge Lock, Moorland Lock, and Todham Lock, giving a total rise of 46 feet [See Of 13/17/18]. The branch to Haslingbourne was 1.3 miles in length with two locks. The main navigation became disused in the 1880's, the last tolls being collected in 1888 but the Haslingbourne branch was closed after only a few years of use, probably in 1826. [See Of 13/41a/35]
The Warrant of abandonment of the navigation was issued by the Ministry of Transport on 15 April 1936, under s.45(1) of the Railway and Canal Traffic Act, 1888 (50 and 51 Victoria c.25), and the order of release from all liability and statutory obligations to maintain the navigation was made by the Ministry of Transport on 7 July 1936, under the same Act


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