Stroud, 1st.ed., 1995. Xvi + 176 pp., 62 photos., & 18 maps. Pict. laminated boards. 22 x 16cm. FINE. The 3rd Earl of Egremont's enthusiasm for inland navigation had been fired at an early age by the remarkable achievements of the Duke of Bridgewater up in the North-West of England. The Rother Navigation built between 1791 and 1795 was Egremont's first success and he looked to see what else he could do to improve links with his Petworth estate. He went on to become the leading promoter of the Wey & Arun Junction Canal, whose opening brought Midhurst and Petworth into direct water communication with London and the growing national network of canals. The author examines Egremont's successes, local difficulties and troublesome disputes (1795-1819) ; the Thames trade (1816-1871) ; the coming of the railways (1857-1866) ; the decline and fall of his system (1866-1888) ; and the unofficial abandonment of his navigation (1888-1936). Illustrated with photographs & maps.