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News article created on 5 March 2018

Can you help tell the story of Pocklington Canal?

The 9.5-mile Pocklington Canal is 200 years old this summer, and as part of the celebrations we want to share its story and show how people have enjoyed the canal over the years.

Coracle sailing

Authorisation to build the Pocklington Canal was given by parliament in 1815, and on 30 July 1818 it was officially opened, at a cost of £32,695. However, after three successful decades, the railway arrived, marking the beginning of the end for transporting goods by the waterway.

The canal fell into disrepair for many years, but is now thriving again with a whole host of restoration and enhancement work taking place over the last few decades to bring the waterway back to life.

As part of the bicentenary activities, we are going to be collating and sharing the stories of the Pocklington Canal, showcasing how it went from an essential but short-lived transport link, to a protected natural habitat, boaters’ haven and much-loved community open space.

Volunteers are needed to help gather the stories and archive material ahead of the bicentenary exhibition in the summer. They will receive dedicated training from our archivist John Benson at a workshop on Tuesday 13th March from 2pm to 5pm, with further support as the project develops.

Lizzie Dealey, our Pocklington Canal project officer said: "Pocklington Canal had a short lifespan as a commercial transport route, and sadly spent many years in decline, but thanks to PCAS and the Trust it is now a well-used and much-loved waterway, not only by boaters but also by people on the towpath and a wide array of wildlife.

"We’re looking forward to helping people discover the stories of the canal through the years and would be delighted to hear from anyone who has a tale to share about their experiences on or by the water, as well as people who would like to help us compile this special history archive."

For more details about volunteering for the oral history project and to reserve a space on the workshop, visit: Oral history Workshop .

Anyone with an interesting anecdote, fact or memory about Pocklington Canal, or any images or memorabilia, can email lizzie.dealey@canalrivertrust.org.uk.