History Project of the Louth Navigation Trust

Index of History Project Documents

Louth Navigation History Timeline

Lexicon of Terms used on this site

The Louth Navigation Trust History Project is an ongoing project to explore in some depth the history of the Navigation from 1756 - 1924, when it was officially closed to commercial traffic. There are two ways to explore the site; firstly by casual browsing from one link to the other, which will introduce you to a fascinating glimpse of the life and social structure of the navigation in its heyday and the people who worked and ran it; secondly, for those requiring instant facts and analysis, there is an index of documents based on the research done. This is an ongoing project and for the launch we have concentrated very much on Padley's survey of 1828, further sections will be added as the research becomes available, so please be patient and keep checking back. Please remember that, although many of the facts are in the public domain, presentation and analysis are the copyright of the Louth Navigation Trust. We have tried to give credits and sources wherever possible.  We would like to thank Mrs. Patricia Williams in New Zealand for her invaluable help with her ancestors the Nell family. 2004 - 2006 Louth Navigation Trust. Project updated 30th May 2006

People and Boats

Stuart Sizer & Josephine Clark signing a copy of their new book at the launch on the 26th May 2006 . 'People & Boats' is a fully illustrated 102 page history of the canal and will be complemented by an extension of the web based history project. It retails at 8.75.

The Louth Navigation Trust are extremely grateful to Awards for All, for funding the project and to Josephine and Stuart for their hard work in getting the book out.

You can purchase a copy of the book @ 8.75 plus p&p by downloading and printing the order form and sending it to the Louth Navigation Trust. Please download the form here.

Research Advisor: Stuart M. Sizer, who is also available for guided tours of the Riverhead area for groups with six people and above. Tel:+44 (01507) 604624 Contact

The Shipbuilders of Louth

Stuart Sizer at the launch of his new book at the navigation warehouse with the  Mayor and Mayoress of Louth Cllr Fran and Jane Treanor

You can purchase a copy of the book @ 6.50 plus p&p by downloading and printing the order form and sending it to the Louth Navigation Trust.
 Please download the order form here.