These historical maps are the work of the late Dr. Mike Stevens
This was another period for finishing projects begun earlier. The Worcester and Birmingham and the Stratford-on-Avon Canals each reached their southern ends, joining the Severn and Avon respectively. The Wey and Arun Junction Canal was completed, as was (at last) the Leeds and Liverpool and the northern length of the Lancaster.
The usual crop of plans for cross-connections was in evidence - as ever, none of them (unless you class the Portsmouth and Arundel in this group) came to anything.