Posted on 23rd February 2016 / 762

Every Mile Counts on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal!

The Every Mile Counts appeal plans to restore or replace missing milestones along the canal’s 127-mile route.

A survey undertaken for the Canal and River Trust to mark the canal’s 200th anniversary last year found that about a third of the original mileposts – installed in the 1890s – were missing or severely damaged!

It will cost up to £200 to restore each milepost!

The Canal & River Trust is looking for sponsors and volunteer work parties to help restore damaged or corroded posts.

The original cast iron mile markers were installed as a response to legislation introduced to regulate canal freight tolls following the Railway and Canal Rates, Tolls and Charges Order of 1893. This prompted the whole of the canal to be re-surveyed and new mileposts, along with half and quarter mileposts, installed along the towpaths.

The milestone near the Rendezvous Hotel at Skipton is the first to be newly restored. Keen local historian and canal enthusiast John Webb noticed that the marker was broken, with a section lying in nearby undergrowth, and brought it to the attention of Canal and River Trust.

The project is backed by the Heritage Lottery Fund, whose grant of £36,600 has supported the appointment of a new project officer, the fabrication of 40 new mile-posts and a programme of activities, heritage events and art workshops.

Details of how to get involved – coming soon!

 

 

Every Mile Counts Appeal

Every Mile Counts on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal!

The Every Mile Counts appeal plans to restore or replace missing milestones along the canal’s 127-mile route.

A survey undertaken for the Canal and River Trust to mark the canal’s 200th anniversary last year found that about a third of the original mileposts – installed in the 1890s – were missing or severely damaged!

It will cost up to £200 to restore each milepost!

The Canal & River Trust is looking for sponsors and volunteer work parties to help restore damaged or corroded posts.

The original cast iron mile markers were installed as a response to legislation introduced to regulate canal freight tolls following the Railway and Canal Rates, Tolls and Charges Order of 1893. This prompted the whole of the canal to be re-surveyed and new mileposts, along with half and quarter mileposts, installed along the towpaths.

The milestone near the Rendezvous Hotel at Skipton is the first to be newly restored. Keen local historian and canal enthusiast John Webb noticed that the marker was broken, with a section lying in nearby undergrowth, and brought it to the attention of Canal and River Trust.

The project is backed by the Heritage Lottery Fund, whose grant of £36,600 has supported the appointment of a new project officer, the fabrication of 40 new mile-posts and a programme of activities, heritage events and art workshops.

Details of how to get involved – coming soon!

 

 

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