Walk Discovers Lichfield's Watery Past

Published on: Tue, 17/09/2019 - 15:58

The Heritage Water Walk reaches Sandfields Pumping Station

A guided walk delving into Lichfield’s historic connections with water attracted more than 150 people as part of the Lichfield Heritage Weekend.

Lichfield Heritage Water Walk was jointly organised by Lichfield Waterworks Trust and Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust.

It began at Speakers Corner, on the city’s Dam Street, and followed the line of a tunnel under the city that carried water to Sandfields Pumping Station.

The waterworks were built to pump clean water to the Black Country during the Industrial Revolution, saving thousands from cholera.

The tour, held on both the Saturday and Sunday of the Heritage Weekend, stopped at Sandfields Pumping Station to view the Cornish steam beam engine, the only surviving one of its type in the world in this condition.

The walkers then moved on to view the trails and towpaths of the Fosseway Heath section of the Lichfield Canal, before catching a famous Midland Red bus, loaned by Aston Manor Road Transport Museum, to take them to the restored Gallows Wharf, near London Road, to see part of the recently exposed towpath wall dating from 1797.

● Huddlesford Heritage Gathering, a biennial event bringing together historic and private boats, floating traders and classic vehicles, takes place this weekend, September 21 and 22.

The Gathering, jointly organised by Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust and Lichfield Cruising Club, is held at Lichfield Cruising Club, Huddlesford, Lichfield WS13 8PY.

It is open to visitors from 10am-5pm each day and entry is £5 with free parking.

● A YouTube video blog featuring Lichfield’s canal restoration has had more than 400,000 views.

‘Digging Deep’ is number 187 in a series of vlogs called ‘Cruising The Cut’, David Johns’ diary of life aboard a traditional narrowboat.

 David first introduced his 77,000 followers to the restoration in August when he was on the Coventry Canal at Huddlesford and he pointed out the surviving remains of the Lichfield Canal, originally the Ogley Branch of the Wyrley and Essington Canal.

He  decided to make a vlog of the work of the Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust, the volunteers who have taken on the task of restoring the seven-mile length of the canal from Huddlesford to Ogley Junction.

The vlog has attracted more than 1,500 comments and donations to the Trust have come from as afar afield as the USA and Australia following its release.

The video blog, number 187 on the YouTube channel ‘Cruising The Cut’ and subtitled ’The £40million canal restoration in central England’, can be viewed at https://youtu.be/j6_nZYR2nK4.

To find out more information on Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust, visit https://www.lhcrt.org.uk.