In 1804 the the Ashby Canal was completed, including an aqueduct over the Gilwiskaw Brook. The brook runs from north of Ashby de la Zouch to the river Mease, just east of the canal crossing. The brook is designated a Special Area of Conservation (SAC), which gives it a high degree of protection for its wildlife interest.
The Ashby canal is currently being restored, with a significant length being rebuilt north of the current terminus.
One of the next major steps in the restoration is to get an aqueduct built to an aqueduct to a design approved by Natural England, (the national body overseeing wildlifle protection and countryside access) to replace that demolished in the 1960s when this northern length of the canal was abandoned. Leicestershire County Council now has full permision to build the canal to Measham, and you can help the Ashby Canal Association raise money towards building the new aqueduct.
How can you help?
1 – Buy a brick
2 - Buy an inscribed brick.
These bricks are planned to be included in the brickwork of the aqueduct, once the basic structure is completed, forming a lasting and visible contribution.
3 - Make a donation.
To help us please CLICK HERE download a form.ACA Members can access 'Alert' the newsletter of the AWCC by going on to their website: www.awcc.org.uk
We have photographed the original Act of Parliament relating to the creation of the Ashby Canal. You can view the complete document by clicking the image. The file may take a while to download.
ACA member Rod Smith has purchased the remaining components of the Victorian Snarestone pumping engine, he is currently restoring then and hopes to display them at Snarestone on a specially designed plinth adjacent to the ACA shop.
PUBLICATION DATE FOR NEXT ISSUE OF SPOUT - Deadline for items for the next edition of Spout: May 20th. Publication date: June 10th.