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Planning & design
All you need to know about planning and design on our canals and rivers
Find a winter mooring
Find a cosy section of canal to hunker down in this winter
10 reasons to take up canoeing
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Share the Space
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Find a place to fish
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Something for everyone
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Desmond Family Canoe Trail
If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch
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Find out what's involved with this popular volunteering opportunity
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I started volunteering for the Canal & River Trust in August 2015 after seeing an advert on the Trust website for a Heritage Assistant based in Fazeley.
I have really enjoyed my time and have spent a varied few months preparing material for open days, updating Central Shires records of listed buildings and researching for a heritage assessment on the historic weighbridge at Coventry Basin.
Heritage Research at the Coventry Weighbridge building
The Coventry Canal terminates at Coventry Basin, a short distance to the north of the Coventry Ringway. The Basin has an interesting early 1800s weighbridge tollhouse standing complete with the weighing mechanism where cargo entering and leaving the basin could be weighed and tolls calculated. I went to view and record the building on a cold and wet day in November where I was kindly shown inside by the tenant.
Researching the building and exploring the interior was a fascinating opportunity as the weighbridge building is in near original condition with a slate roof supported on a king post roof structure. The interior has the original tiled floor and cast iron fireplace with brick surround and mantle. We also noticed that inside was a tall desk with a hinged lid, thought to be used by the toll keeper and a Victorian weighing machine to be used with the weighbridge platform outside.
The building was full of character and historic features such as stones on the corners of the building to stop wagons damaging the brickwork and a hinge protruding where the gate into the yard would have originally been hung.
Originally there were a pair of weighbridge buildings but one was demolished in the 1950s and they are a relatively rare survival making the building an important example of canal heritage.
I’m looking forward to 2016 with the Canal & River Trust where the plan is to conduct a heritage survey of the reservoirs in the Staffordshire Moorlands for the spring (when the weather improves) and seeing what heritage lies waiting to be re-discovered.
Paul Freeman, Heritage Volunteer (Central Shires)
The work carried out by the heritage team is extremely varied, covering all sorts of structures and a wide variety of projects. Not one week is the same and we keep learning all the time, meeting some fascinating people and visiting stunning places along the way. We are hoping that through our blogs we can share some of our passion for the amazing industrial heritage of the inland waterways.