HIRST WOOD REGENERATION GROUP
HWRG has ‘adopted’ a stretch of canal from Dowley Gap to Salts Sports Club
Saltaire Primary School’s Year Five have produced a wonderful piece of artwork to celebrate the bicentenary. Click on the picture to see more
Want to know more? Mike Clarke has written the definitive book on the history of the Leeds & Liverpool canal. Click on this link for details
Photo courtesy of Canal & River Trust (Stephen Garnett).
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The Kennet comes through Hirst Lock on its historic bicentenary trip
Photos of the canal in our area
Some older pictures showing  how things were
The story of how the canal came through Hirst Wood
Have you looked closely at the canal milestones?
Pupils of SPS used their lessons to create a canal masterpiece
The canal has seen its share of tragedies
One of the wonders of the canal on our doorstep
Canal worker who gave his life for King and Country
Celebrating years of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal 200
Some evocative photos taken by Frank West
To celebrate the centenary we erected an information board and mural
Some of the people who lived and worked on the canal
The Leeds-Liverpool Canal, the longest in Britain, was finally fully opened on 19 October 1816 and, one way or another, has played an important part in the lives of people in the Hirst Wood area ever since. So, having transformed Hirst Lock and the field next to it, it is appropriate that HWRG is now making plans to mark the bi-centenary in conjunction with other interested groups and Saltaire Primary School. As well as reflecting on a fascinating history, we will be finding ways to make the canal even more welcoming and part of our lives today. Saltaire Heritage and Friends of Roberts Park are also planning to stage events as the large Kennet boat passes through Saltaire from Leeds on its way to Liverpool in October. The bells will be ringing at the United Reform Church to welcome the boat and its passengers and crew This page will carry links to our own plans and as we find them out, to other activities along the canal.
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