Huddersfield Canal Society

PLEASE NOTE – COVID-19 UPDATE (5th January 2021):
With the third lockdown in place we decided to close the office until restrictions are lifted. Our Administrator, Dr Bob Gough, has been furloughed for this period. There is a recorded message on the office telephone. Emails are being read and answered by our Chairman from time to time.

Given that our maintenance team works in the open air it is anticipated that fortnightly work parties will continue in a Covid-compliant manner on alternate Fridays.

Standedge Visitor Centre remains closed and will not reopen until later in 2021. Because of the challenge of maintaining social distancing on the Marsden Shuttle we will not run our trip boat for the public for the time being.

Best wishes to all our members, supporters and friends.

220 Club News:
Results of the 28th quarterly draw:
1st Prize – Sylvia Womersley £81.60 ; 2nd Prize – Eric Woulds £40.80
Congratulations to the prize winners! (If you want to join in details are in the Members’ Area.)
Ensuring the viability and promotion of the Huddersfield Narrow and Broad Canals as navigable waterways within the overall network in perpetuity.

The Huddersfield Canal Society was formed in 1974 by a group of enthusiasts with the ambitious aim of restoring the then derelict Huddersfield Narrow Canal to through navigation and improving the Broad Canal.

After 27 years of campaigning and restoration, led by Canal Society volunteers, the Narrow Canal was re-opened in May 2001 and gained Royal approval with an official ceremony by HRH Prince of Wales in the September that year.

Funding for removal of the final set of major blockages, amounting to £30 million, was received from the Millennium Lottery Fund and English Partnerships, with contributions from the Society, Tameside, Oldham and Kirklees Councils and the former British Waterways.  Click here to download Keith Gibson’s historical summary of the restoration and follow this link to see how the major blockages were removed.

Society's offices in Transhipment Warehouse

Transhipment Warehouse, Wool Road, Dobcross, Oldham, OL3 5QR

The Society’s members and volunteers help protect and promote the canals so the years of hard work and investment can continued to be enjoyed by all.

The Society’s offices are idyllically located at Wool Road, Dobcross, in a former Lime Shed constructed by the Huddersfield Canal Company in 1820.  It was saved from dereliction by the Saddleworth Historical Society during 1979 and refurbished by the Canal Society in 1993, winning environmental awards for the work.  The Society acquired the premises in 2006, where its staff are based.
If you would like to come and see us, please call to make an appointment as we may not always be in.  The nearest railway station is Greenfield and bus services from Manchester and Huddersfield pass by.  There is a free car park on the opposite side of the canal to our building.  Walk out of the car park, turn left, cross the road bridge and turn left down the signed track.  Or come by boat!

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