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Welcome to the Canals and Waterways Team!

The goal of this team is to document the people who lived and worked around the canals and navigable waterways of England. If you are a member of the England Project, you would be most welcome to join by contacting the Team Leader.

Team Contact: Gill Whitehouse

Team Members:

Current Work

  • Adding resources and other useful web sites
  • Building the team and identifying avenues of work
  • Putting together a category structure proposal

Category Tree

Our current list of Categories and the people in them Category:England,_Canals_and_Waterways.
Due to changes in canal's names, it's advisable to refer to this categorisation page (in progress) Categorisation of England's Canals

  • [[Category:England, Canals and Waterways]]
    • [[Category:Aire and Calder Navigation]]
    • [[Category:Birmingham Canal]]
    • [[Category:Coventry Canal]]
    • [[Category:Driffield Canal]]
    • [[Category:Grand Junction Canal]] (pre 1929 in preference to Grand Union)
    • [[Category:Grand Union Canal]] (post 1929)
    • [[Category:Kennet and Avon Canal]]
    • [[Category:Leeds and Liverpool Canal]]
    • [[Category:Manchester Bolton and Bury Canal]]
    • [[Category:Oxford Canal]]
    • [[Category:River Weaver Navigation]]
    • [[Category:Shropshire Union Canal]]
    • [[Category:Titchfield Canal]]
    • [[Category:Trent and Mersey Canal]]

Canal Occupation Stickers

... was a Canal Boatman
  • {{Occupation |image=Sticker_images-3.png |text=was a Canal Boatman}}
... was a Canal Carrier
  • {{Occupation |image=Sticker_images-4.png |text=was a Canal Carrier}}
... was a Lock Keeper
  • {{Occupation |image=Sticker_images-19.png |text=was a Lock Keeper}}

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Regards, Ann

posted by Ann Browning
Hi Geoff & others. I have a specific interest in the keelmen of South Yorkshire who worked the waters between the coalfields outside Sheffield, and Hull, transporting South Yorkshire coal to the port of Hull, and bringing back iron ore to the factories of Sheffield. I've only recently discovered that my maternal grandmother came from this tradition, and want to discover as much as I can about the lives they lived.
posted by Andy Hort
Hi Geoff, I'm interested in focussing on documenting lock-keepers as I have them in my English family. I shall probably start with some of the locks along the Thames, including Teddington. Hope this helps, Susie :-)
posted by Susie MacLeod
Hello Geoff

is this where you meant us to post answers to your message? Sorry still learning how WT works! If we are to document who lived and worked on the waterways do we need to include counties in the categories? E.g. I know that canal boat folk had their babes christened at Calveley chapel in Cheshire from when chapel was bult in 1850s but the current categories would not capture that? thanks

posted by Anon (Cormack) Sharkey
Hello Geoff

I'm interested please though some of my ancestors were water gypsies on the Grand canal in Ireland. I live close to the Shropshire union canal and have holidayed several times on barges.

posted by Anon (Cormack) Sharkey
Hello Geoff!

I have an interest in some of our canals and waterways. My 3* great grandfather William Lund(e) , Lund-1047, BIRTH 26 MAR 1738 • Rowley, Yorkshire, England was Lock Keeper on the Market Weighton Canal in Faxfleet, Yorkshire at the point where it joins the Humber ' Weighton Lock ' when my 2* great grandmother Harriet Lund, Lund-1048 , was born there 12 Jul 1806 .