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The Canal Bill Act 1914

June 25th 1914

The Swindon Corporation (Wilts and Berks Canal abandonment) bill has been read a third time in the House of Lords and passed.

July 22nd 1914

The bill of the Swindon Corporation for the abandonment of the Wilts and Berks Canal, which has passed the Lords, is now unopposed in the Second House, the opposition of the Great Western Railway Company having been withdrawn.

It will be considered in due course by the Commons Committee on unopposed measures.

July 30th 1914

The Swindon Corporation (Wilts and Berks Canal abandonment) bill was considered in the House of Commons yesterday, on being reported from the Committee, and certain standing orders having been specially suspended, the bill was read for the third time.

August 1st 1914 - Royal Assent

In the House of Lords on Friday the Swindon Corporation (Wilts and Berks Canal abandonment) act received the Royal Assent by commission.

The date that the canal was finally abandoned was the day that the first world war broke out so little was published about it as they had much bigger fish to fry.

ROY CARTWRIGHT