A day without movement. We had planned on taking the boat back into Guildford to do some shopping but somehow that plan changed to a do nothing day! It wasn’t helped by the fact that I just didn’t feel 100% all day.
We spent ages trying to plan for visitors coming on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The original plan had been to go down to Godalming but Broadford Bridge is extremely low and not only would the pots and top box have to come off the roof but the solar panels too – not such an easy job. We have been to Godalming before and it’s a shame not to go again but the thought of unscrewing the solar panels has really put us off especially as the performance has to be repeated on our way back. So we will stay here until Thursday morning now.
We are now on the Godalming Navigation (as opposed to the Wey Navigation). This upstream extension from Guildford to Godalming was constructed in 1764. This resulted from a separate Act of Parliament passed in 1760 and benefited the Wey Navigation considerably by generating additional income from the increased traffic. The opening of the new navigation also brought an additional benefit to the town of Guildford. Prior to the construction of the waterway highly volatile cargoes of gunpowder were carried by horse and cart from the powdermills at Chilworth to Guildford, passing through the settlement along bumpy and dangerous roads. The new gunpowder wharves constructed at Stonebridge near Shalford meant that this practice could cease and a safer transportation by water could be employed. Another interesting find (by Richard) is that there are a number of Alder trees near us - these are suitable for making charcoal and in the past its charcoal was favoured for gunpowder.