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

The Oral History Project

The Navigation Trust is planning an Oral History Project.   We aim to contact people who may have memories via parents or grandparents of the canal. We hope to build up a bank of spoken memories.  An article in the Evening Telegraph has yielded some contacts.  There is also an interview with a member of the Trust to be transmitted either before or after Christmas on Lincs.FM.   We are planning to use recording equipment from the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology.  Long term we hope to acquire our own equipment.   We would be grateful for any further contacts or help including memorabilia. 

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