08 October 2019

The Herefordshire and Gloucestershire Canal - in operation and restoration

This is a follow-up to the talk we had in March on the construction of the canal and the afternoon visit in June to two of its major sites, Over Basin and Oxenhall. Our speaker is Dick Skeet, the author of “Rescued from Obscurity: The Continuing Story of the Hereford and Gloucester Canal”. The fully illustrated talk will provide a brief recap of the construction of the canal which took about 45 years from 1783 to complete the 34 miles to Hereford, but will be more concerned with its operation and eventual demise after being leased by the Great Western Railway. In recent years the H&G Canal Trust have been carrying out major restoration projects along various sections of the canal and we will learn about the considerable successes and some of the tribulations.