British Waterways is asking the people of Bath to tell them their tales of the towpath this summer in a bid to record people’s memories of the area known as the Bath Flight of Locks as part of a proposed new scheme to restore this stretch of the Kennet & Avon Canal to its former glory.
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A result of this decorative construction is that the 1,500m stretch of the canal which is home to the Bath Flight of Locks now hosts 19 listed structures along its length. These structures range from pumping stations and wrought iron bridges to an ornate stone chimney,
British Waterways is now working with local groups, including the Kennet & Avon Canal Trust, to restore this unique stretch of waterway heritage and secure the scenic canalside for the future.
British Waterways’ project manager, Sarah Brice said: “This is a really lovely stretch of the
“Whilst we wait for our funding bids to be considered, we are working with volunteers to improve the towpath, cut back vegetation and make the place feel a bit more loved. We are also hoping to find out from people what their memories of the canal are, what they think is important and how the canal fits into the working heritage of
“The canal is celebrating its bicentenary this year, so it would be very fitting if we could help restore one of the jewels in its crown to its former glory here in
The memories and stories that people tell British Waterways will be recorded and used to inform an interpretation project around the canal, which is another element of the scheme to restore the area around the Bath Flight of Locks.
People can email their memories and information, or send them in writing to Project Manager, Sarah Brice, KA200projects@britishwaterways.co.uk or Sarah Brice, British Waterways, The Dock Office, Gloucester, GL1 2EB. There will also be a British Waterways stall at Widcombe Rising, this Sunday 13 June, where people will be able to add their memories to a book of tales about the towpath, as well as finding out more about the proposed project to restore the canal’s industrial heritage.