River Wey (Thames)
The River Wey at Pyrford in Surrey
|location||Surrey , England|
|Drain over||Thames → North Sea|
|origin||Confluence of Wey North and Wey South at Tilford
51 ° 11 ′ 3 ″ N , 0 ° 45 ′ 5 ″ W
|muzzle||at Weybridge in the Thames Coordinates: 51 ° 22 ′ 49 ″ N , 0 ° 27 ′ 29 ″ W 51 ° 22 ′ 49 ″ N , 0 ° 27 ′ 29 ″ W.
|Navigable||approx. 32 km|
The River Wey is a river in the English county of Surrey . It is a waterway in the United Kingdom and a tributary of the Thames . Its northern source river has its source at Alton , Hampshire , its southern one at Liphook . Both source rivers unite at Tilford . The river is navigable about 20 miles from Godalming to its confluence with the Thames at Weybridge , in south-west London .
The improvements in the navigability of the river were made by Sir Richard Weston and began in 1635. The 15 miles to Guildford was expanded on a 1651 Act and the work carried out by 1653. It was thus possible for barges to transport goods to London. Further improvements followed another law of 1671. In 1760, another law allowed shipping to Godalming and expanded shipping another 7 kilometers upstream to Godalming.
The Basingstoke Canal and the River Wey and Arun Junction Canal were later dug to provide a connection to the Wey shipping. From 1900 to 1963 the Wey was owned by the Stevens family, who handled freight traffic on the canal. The river was then entrusted to The National Trust in 1964 . She set up a visitor center at Dapdune Wharf, a former shipyard in Guildford. Godalming shipping was turned to the Trust in 1968. Commercial shipping on the Wey ceased in 1983.