DigitalCanal Blog

WRG uncover the past

WRG volunteers at workA 100 year old wall buried temporarily 4 years ago during £3m lottery funded works has been uncovered. The 1910 dated revetment wall was one of the improvements made to the side ponds of the locks in 1910 when the locks were being reinstated after the Inclined Plane was mothballed to save money.

The wall was buried when the bank above was raised to improve wheelchair access along a path to the museum. The fill material, slid down over the wall and the engineer asked that it be left until the bank stabilised.

With changes in BW personnel, the wall was forgotten. This week Essex Waterway Recovery Group Volunteers unearthed and cleaned the stone wall to make another feature of the locks visible. A second days work planned for the Sunday was cancelled due to heavy rain.


New Boat Building Book

Bob Hakewill started putting this book together as the History of Springer Engineering. He soon realised that Harborough’s boat building industry had never been recorded and the facts were slipping away along with the people who started the companies. Springer’s alone were responsible for over 3,000 boats, add Harborough Marine, and Fernie Steel and the influence of Harborough in the pleasure boat industry has been very substantial. They were not just canal boats either. This story includes boats built for the continental waterways, sea going boats and even a giant bottle which crossed the Atlantic.
I am very pleased that this book has been written. No doubt there will be some new information come out when people start to read it and we will be able to produce a revised version, but this is a first class edition to our range of publications.
Whilst Bob wrote most much of the text there are contributions from several other people. This is a unique well researched and very readable publication, and Bob has generously given us the rights so that we gain the profit.
The book is ring bound A4 with colour covers, with 56 internal pages on high quality gloss paper, which makes the internal pictures look good. It is priced like most of our books at £4.50 per copy. We can post a copy for you for £ 6.00 of which £1.50 is large second class postage and packing.


MuBu Project moves forward

Old Union Canals Society Map

Map of the Old Union Canals covered by this project

Our MuBu Project is steadily becoming a reality.  The Database is nearly ready to go live so that our volunteers can start populating the map with pictures and information. The photographers are out there snapping pictures of historical scenes, which will be linked to our archive photographs. When project leader Mike Beech was out on the canal with a couple of the volunteers we came up with an addition to the site, we want to provide access information along the canal so that you can see how easy or otherwise it is to get on to the canal at various points. Access can range from difficult for an able-bodied person to very easy for anyone, but until you get there, you don’t know. We want to change that, and hope that our web site will help.

We are still looking for other groups, scouts, youth U3A’s etc who would like to help us in the project give us a call at Foxton Canal Museum for more information.


Warring the OUCS Hat

In October 1809, the Leicestershire and Northamptonshire Union Canal opened to Market Harborough, with a convoy of boats, a procession to the Angel Hotel, and a meal. OUCS re-enacted this in October, with the LNU200 event.


About this Sponsor

Foxton Inclined Plane Trust, runs Foxton Canal Museum. We are a voluntary run organisation promoting the Victorian Boat Lift and Leicestershire's canals.