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Desmond Family Canoe Trail
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Well there wasn’t too much rainwater at least for the annual Whaley Water Weekend! This is a great three days, June 12th and 14th, held in and around the Transhipment Warehouse with lovely stalls and various events taking place, from homemade cakes for sale to Castle and Roses painting sessions. This year, as part of our Trust’s series of Summer Open Days we had an ‘open house’ event where people could explore both the downstairs and upstairs of the building.
We wanted to welcome people to the special Grade II* listed warehouse on the Peak Forest Canal and explain a little more about its history and our ideas for its future use.
The oldest part of the building dates back to 1801, with alterations in 1832 and 1915. This site was an important interchange for the transfer of cargoes, particularly limestone from Dove Holes, transported by the Cromford & High Peak Railway onto canal barges. From here it was taken to Manchester where industry was booming.
It is also an important building to the Trust for operational reasons as the feeders from Combs and Toddbrook reservoirs enter the canal at this point, after passing under Whaley Bridge in culverts. So finding a use for a building with water running through it is quite a challenge.
Last year at the same Water Weekend, we displayed a set of excellent drawings showing a range of possible community uses including a café, bike hire, film and gallery space, office and meeting rooms. And this year we wanted to open up more of the building and chat to visitors about their ideas. Our Chief Executive Richard Parry was on hand too to offer his support and seemed to enjoy the interesting points our customers raised! We had 100s of people through the huge warehouse doors, so all in all a very successful watery weekend.
Judy Jones,Heritage adviser Manchester & Pennine
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.