Month: February 2021

Help make a difference

The support of all our followers, members and volunteers is so important to the Basingstoke Canal Society. You help make the society what it is today! To inform our plans for the future, we would love for you to fill in our online survey – to tell us about your visits to the canal, what […]

Canal Partnerships – Runnymede

As we head out of London bound for Basingstoke, we leave the navigable River Wey (the largest tributary of the River Thames) and enter Woodam junction, the Borough of Runnymede and the start of our journey along the full length of the Basingstoke Canal. The canal was built in the 1790s to take agricultural produce […]

Works Update – A Fish Out Of Water

Canal Winter Works Progressing Well Winter works are well underway on the canal. Our contractor, Kenward Groundworks are busy working on the locks in Woodham. These works are all as a result of the principle inspections carried out by our engineer before Christmas. These are mostly structural repairs ranging from rebuilding wingwalls, pointing brickwork and […]

Echoes of the Past

From the Basingstoke Canal Office, Hambro’ Wharf the Bottom of Queen Street, Cheapside. February 16th, 1804 The rainy and tempestuous Weather, which has prevailed through the last, and present Months, has been near proving Destructive to various Parts of the Canal, particularly at Mitchet, and Ash Valley.  In these Places the bursting of the Banks, […]

Projects Update Q1/2021

Basingstoke Canal Society – Projects update January 2021 To enhance the experience for all users of and visitors to the Basingstoke Canal the Society in conjunction with the Basingstoke Canal Authority has a identified a number of potential projects they would like to implement over the shorter and longer term. Signage/Information Boards We have now […]

The Lengthsmen Scheme

I’m Barry Jones, and I recently took over as Coordinator of the Basingstoke Society’s Lengthsmen Scheme. The essential upkeep of the canal, towpath, locks and other features is carried out by many people including the Basingstoke Canal Authority, Rangers, Basingstoke Canal Society (BCS) and Volunteer’s alike. Many of the tasks they carry out are as […]