Historical Information

The first work to improve navigation began in the Middle Ages, and an Act to improve navigation on the river was passed in 1713, enabling Northampton to be reached from the sea by 1761. Fragmented management meant the Navigation remained in a poor state until 1931 when the Nene Catchment Board was established, with major improvements to the locks being undertaken during that decade.  The Environment Agency is the current successor to that Board.