From Graces Guide
1792 A meeting of the shareholders of the Don Navigation Company proposed a canal from the River Don Navigation into Barnsley. At the same time the Aire and Calder Navigation Company was considering a canal from Wakefield to Barnsley.
On 20 October 1792, the rival companies held a famous meeting at the White Bear Inn (now the Royal Hotel) in Barnsley and agreed to join their canals just south of Barnsley. These were to become the Dearne and Dove Canal and the Barnsley Canal, both of which sought to provide access to the coalfields of Barnby bridge and Haigh bridge
1792-1802 Built by William Jessop