Erewash Canal Preservation and Development Association ... looking after the Erewash Canal since 1968

Come along and join us on the 27th - 29th May 2023 Rally weekend to celebrate four milestones in the history of the Erewash Canal and its surrounmding area as outlined below. These boating events are also an opportunity to see an eclectic mix of canal history, historic working narrowboats, trade boats as well as modern leisure narrowboats, trade stalls, Real Ale bar and entertainment; there will be something for all the family to enjoy.

55 Years ago - 1968

From 1962 the canal above Gallows Inn lock was classified as a remainder canal and closed to navigation. The BW Act of 1968 threatened to close the rest of Erewash Canal. ECPDA was formed by a group of enthusiastic volunteers.

50 Years ago - 1973

Between 1968 and 1973 the ECP&DA volunteers cleared and repaired the navigation from Gallows Inn to Langley Bridge. They then cleared the infilled lock, rebuilt the lock gates, excavated and restored the Great Northern Basin

40 Years ago - 1983

In 1983 British Waterways reinstated the Erewash Canal to cruiseway status and it was no longer under threat of closure due to the vast amount of work carried out along the Erewash Canal between 1968 and 1983 by ECP&DA volunteers.

30 Years ago - 1993

In 1993 the ECP&DA volunteers completed the restoration of the Victorian Pump House and it was officially reopened at the 1993 Rally by Mrs Janie Champion, on 29 May 1993, the 25th anniversary of the ECP&DA.

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