Historical Information

The Selby Canal was built in the 1770s when the Aire and Calder Canal Company became aware of rumours that a canal was to be constructed between Leeds and Selby, which would have taken traffic from the Aire and Calder.  The canal was cut from Haddesley to Selby as the lower reached of the River Aire were difficult to navigate and this was the cheapest option.  The canal was constructed quickly but with a depth of only 3ft 6in.  As cargoes increased, the depth was too shallow for larger barges and, by 1826, the canal was loosing traffic to the new, nearby section from Knottingley to Goole. 

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Map of UK Waterways

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