Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Walking the waterways (15) : Nottingham Canal

The Nottingham Canal was a 23.7km long canal from Langley Mill in Derbyshire to Nottingham. The canal was constructed between 1792 and 1796 connecting to the river Trent at Nottingham and the Erewash and Cromford Canals at Langley Mill. The canal was a success and even as late as 1916 was carrying over 125,000 tons of cargo - though by then it was mostly short distance traffic in Nottingham between the Trent and the wharves in the city.

The canal fell into decline in the 1920s and 1930s and by WW2 was only navigable from Lenton to Nottingham. Now part of the canal network for leisure traffic this stretch from Lenton to Nottingham remains in use though the rest of the canal up to Langley Mill has become unnavigable, some of the canal remains waters though unusable by boats but some of the canal bed lost to open cast mining. A short stub of the canal still exists at Langley Mill where it is used as a canal basin.
Nottingham Canal in Nottingham

Bridge crossing the canal just outside Nottingham city centre

A Nottingham tram crosses the canal 
The basin at Langley Mill