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Erewash Canal

Description: An 11.75 mile broad canal with 14 locks.

History: Authorised by an Act of 1777 and fully opened in 1779. Became part of the Grand Union in 1932.

See Priestley's Navigable Rivers and Canals for more information.

Autumn January 1776

John Smith

He surveyed a line from the Trent below Sawley and just above the mouth of the Soar past Long Eaton, up the west bank of the Erewash river to a crossing aboveIlkeston. From there it followed the east bank to Langley Mill, a total rise of 108 feet 8½ inches according to his survey.

January 1777

Authorised by an Act.

January 1777

John Varley

He was appointed engineer at a salary of 220 a year.

August 1778

John Varley

The top lock had to be taken down and rebuilt following his error in the levels. He was ordered to pay the 78 costs less the value of the bricks.

January 1779

Fully opened.

May 1780

John Varley

He was dismissed following his failure to keep proper accounts for land and damage compensation payments, and mistakes in the levels for the top lock.

January 1932

Became part of the Grand Union.

 

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