Last Boat to Top of the Map
Early Campaigning: NarrowBoat, Summer 2011
Malcolm Braine looks at the history of the once very busy Cannock Extension Canal and recalls one last cruise along it in 1962
The ‘farewell’ cruise along the 4½-mile northerly section of the Cannock Extension Canal took place on 21st October 1962. It had been planned by members of the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal Society, which had been formed in 1959 with the primary aim of protecting the future of the Staffs & Worcs Canal, at that time under threat of closure. The Society also sought to maintain active interests in surrounding waterways and was to be a fore-runner in restoration on the Stourbridge Canal’s flight of 16 locks. The Cannock Extension Canal had a total length of nearly 5¾ miles and was built between 1857 and 1863, initially by private contractors but completed by the Birmingham Canal Navigation Co’s own workforce. It was to provide a vital means of transport from the rapidly expanding Cannock Chase coalfields, located within a vast area of mid-Staffordshire, bordered by Stafford, Penkridge, Cannock, Hednesford, Lichfield and Rugeley. The ar…
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