The Stratford-upon-Avon Canal :: Shared Description

The Stratford-upon-Avon Canal links the Worcester and Birmingham Canal at King's Norton Junction with the River Avon at Stratford. The canal is 25·5 miles long, and has 56 locks*, the last onto the river being a broad lock. The canal was built in several stages (including changes of route) from 1793 on, finally opening fully to the River Avon in 1815. Multiple changes of ownership followed leading to the Great Western Railway taking control by 1863.

By the 1950s the section north of Lapworth was rarely being used, and the southern section from Lapworth was badly silted with some unusable locks. It is believed that the last boat reached Stratford in the early 1930s, though a pleasure cruiser reached Wilmcote at Easter in 1947.

Threat of total closure of the southern section in the mid 1950s caused protests, leading to an enquiry in 1958, and a big public campaign to save the canal, so the abandonment plans were reversed in 1959.

The National Trust took on the task of restoring the southern section of the canal in 1960, leading to its re-opening by Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother on 11 July 1964. Control was passed to the British Waterways Board in 1988, then to the Canal and River Trust in 2012.

*One stop-lock at King's Norton is unused and open, another at Kingswood Junction is duplicated.

(Details reduced from Nicholson's Waterways Guide No 2)
by Roger Kidd
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SP1866 : Yarningale Aqueduct, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal by David P Howard
SP1871 : Lock 15, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal by David P Howard
SP1661 : Bridge No 56 near Wootton Wawen, Warwickshire by Roger  Kidd
SP1870 : Stratford-upon-Avon Canal by David P Howard
SP1856 : HEAVE! Bishopton Lock near Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire by Roger  Kidd
SP1472 : Stratford Canal, Hockley Heath by Stephen McKay
SP2054 : Bridge 69, Stratford Canal by Stephen McKay
SP2055 : Warwick Road Lock,  Stratford-upon-Avon Canal by PAUL FARMER
SP1771 : Lock 11, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal by David P Howard
SP1871 : Bridge 34, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal by David P Howard
SP1869 : Stratford-upon-Avon Canal south of Kingswood, Warwickshire by Roger  Kidd
SP2055 : Lock No 54 at Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire by Roger  Kidd
SP1472 : Stratford Canal, Hockley Heath by Stephen McKay
SP1663 : Warning Notice by David Dixon
SP2054 : Bancroft Basin, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal by habiloid
SP2055 : Lock No 54 in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire by Roger  Kidd
SP1765 : Bridge#47 over the Stratford-Upon-Avon Canal at Preston Bagot by David Dixon
SP1765 : Warwick Road Bridge No 47A by Mat Fascione
SP1765 : Stratford Canal, Preston Bagot by Stephen McKay
SP0579 : Coffer dam by guillotine lock, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal by David P Howard
SP1274 : Sapphire Blue by David P Howard
SP0679 : Brandwood Tunnel by Stephen McKay
SP1175 : Stratford Canal, Earlswood by Stephen McKay
SP1870 : Stratford-upon-Avon Canal south of Kingswood Junction, Warwickshire by Roger  Kidd
SP1869 : Lock Cottage south-west of Turner's Green, Warwickshire by Roger  Kidd

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Created: Sat, 15 Dec 2012, Updated: Thu, 4 Jul 2019

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