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New Boat Masters

2017-07-31T18:16:20+00:00 July 31st, 2017|News|

Congratulations to Bob Brown and Kerry Green who have passed the Maritime & Coastguard Authority (MCA) Boat Masters Exam and are now qualified to take out Birdswood with passengers aboard. This is not an easy exam, they have to put [...]


2017-05-09T08:38:55+00:00 March 28th, 2017|Uncategorised|

Policies relating to the use of the Friends of the Cromford Canal commercial website www.birdswood.org Privacy Policy We do not store credit card details nor do we share customer details with any 3rd parties Click here for the full policy [...]

Comic Relief Grant Award

2017-05-09T08:38:55+00:00 October 15th, 2016|News|

It is with great pleasure that The Friends of Cromford Canal can announce we have been awarded a Comic Relief grant for the appointment of a Volunteer Recruitment Worker.  This grant was secured with the assistance of Foundation Derbyshire www.foundationderbyshire.org.  The [...]

Derbyshire Heritage Awards 2016

2017-05-09T08:38:55+00:00 October 15th, 2016|News|

The Friends of Cromford Canal (FCC) was presented with the Judges’ Special Award at the Derbyshire Heritage Awards 2016 at Crich Tramway Museum on 7th October. It was awarded to recognise the contribution of FCC volunteers in restoring the Cromford Canal [...]

Reed Pulling Work Party

2017-05-09T08:38:55+00:00 January 24th, 2016|News|

Reed Pulling Work Party photo shows todays work party at the Cromford end of the Canal. Todays task was to clear weeds from the Lawn Bridge area.  We met at 10am at the wharf and loaded the small tin boat with our [...]

High Peak News January 22 1898

2016-02-15T22:12:03+00:00 January 22nd, 2016|About|

Cromford Home Trade at Cromford An interesting little ceremonial was performed last Saturday which will have an important bearing upon a local industry in the future. This was the launching for Messrs N Wheatcroft and Sons of their first boat, [...]

The History of Cromford Canal

2017-05-09T08:38:55+00:00 January 22nd, 2016|About|

By the end of the 1780s, the backbone of the English canal system was in place, linking the four main river basins and their sea ports: Severn, Mersey, Trent and Thames. From the Trent near Long Eaton, the Erewash Canal [...]

The Wheatcrofts

2017-05-09T08:38:55+00:00 January 22nd, 2016|About|

Abraham Wheatcroft (1747-1812) lived in Crich Carr, where he may have had a farm, and was recorded as an inn keeper at Crich and a trustee of the Methodist Chapel– an interesting combination! Anticipating the commercial possibilities of the arrival [...]