On 24 June 1611 the parish register notes that the same day Titchfield Haven was shutt out by one Richard Talbotts industrie under gods permisione at the costs of the right honorable the Earle of Southampton . This has been taken by some to mean that a dam was built across the entrance to the river in 1611 preventing access to Titchfield by sea-going vessels. However, precisely what was done in 1611 is unknown. In addition, it has been said that the Titchfield Canal, or New River as it was originally known, was built to provide a navigable replacement but no contemporary evidence has been found to confirm this idea.
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