These historical maps are the work of the late Dr. Mike Stevens
Decline continued.. The Thames and Severn became disused and was later to be abandoned. A number of river navigations, canal branches and the remaining part of the Grand Western Canal were all lost in this decade.
In an attempt to survive by rationalisation, the companies controlling the direct route between London and Birmingham amalgamated at the end of this decade to form the Grand Union Canal Company. The (old) Grand Union Canal and the Leics & Northants Union Canal were already owned by the Grand Junction, so became part of the new conglomerate.