Canal News – Advice: Grand Union Canal – Stoke Bruerne Event

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Lock 16, Grand Junction Canal – Stoke Bruerne Lock  © Copyright Mr Biz and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Canal News

Advice: Grand Union Canal

Stoke Bruerne – Tunnel to Lock 16

Monday 9 September 2013 – Friday 20 September 2013

The Stoke Bruerne Village at War Event is taking place on Saturday 14th September and Sunday 15th September 2013.

In order to provide moorings for boats participating in the event, visitor moorings will be reserved from Monday 9th September to Friday 20th September. Moorings will be reserved in the following locations:

– From the Museum to Blisworth tunnel (south portal), and

– A proportion of the long pound between Lock 15 and Lock 16

To enable other visiting boats to enjoy the event, all other designated 2 day visitor moorings (not reserved for the event) will be suspended between Fri 13th – Mon 16th September inclusive.

Signage will be put in place by the event organisers to reflect the above.

Enquiries: 0303 0404040

SouthernSouthern portal of Blisworth Tunnel

Blisworth Tunnel is a tunnel on the Grand Union Canal between the villages of Stoke Bruerne (southern end) and Blisworth (northern end).  At 3076 yards (2813 metres) long it is the third-longest navigable canal tunnel on the UK canal network.  Construction started in 1793, but after three years work it collapsed due to quicksand, claiming the lives of fourteen men. It was then decided to begin again with a new tunnel, which was not complete until March 1805, five years after the rest of the canal was open. The gap was filled by a temporary horse-drawn tramway over the top of the hill, with goods being transported from boat to wagon and back again. The tramway, built in 1801, was Northamptonshire’s first railway.

© Copyright Stephen Dawson and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

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