The Chesterfield Canal - Challenges and Changes, Chesterfield

15 November, 2016 | 18:30 - 20:00

Find our more about the history of the Chesterfield Canal.
Find our more about the history of the Chesterfield Canal.

About this event

Chesterfield Canal - James Brindley's last canal - was completed 240 years ago. The 46 mile canal from Chesterfield to West Stockwith on Trent took just 6 years, 2 months and 6 days to build, and its presence changed trade, transportation and life in North Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

Brindley's masterpiece contained some of his finest works - staircase locks and the astonishing Norwood Tunnel - the longest canal tunnel in the world when it was built, at 2880 yards. Like many other canals, the Chesterfield was later bought by a railway company, but unlike others was not left to decay, hanging on to commercial traffic until the 1950's. Over the past 40 years, 12 miles of channel, 37 locks, 11 major road bridges and two marinas have been restored, leaving just 8 miles left to restore.

John Lower and Robin Stonebridge from the Chesterfield Canal Trust will illustrate how the canal has changed since 1777; how the restoration got started and what has been achieved. For the last 3 ½ years, the Trust's work has been blighted by the initial proposed route of HS2. New developments on the alignment of the railway announced in July 2016 may enable restoration work to recommence.


For more information, please contact:

Howard Muncaster

Event materials

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