Another council pledges support for canal restoration project

Issue date: 1 August 2011

South Northamptonshire Council has pledged its full support for the restoration of the disused Buckingham Canal, which closed down in the 1960s. The Buckingham Canal Society (BCS) would like to see the waterway restored and reopened, using the original route wherever possible, and is seeking to develop partnerships with landowners, local authorities and other organisations to help it achieve its aims.

The council will now work to:

  • Keep BCS informed of any consultations on plans and strategies, or other opportunities for the canal society to contribute to the development of its plans;
  • Provide advice on grant funding opportunities and assist BCS in applying for funds;
  • Consider opportunities to provide the canal society with equipment and materials; and
  • Introduce the canal society to other organisations that may assist its restoration plans.

The waterway to Buckingham ran a total of just under 11 miles from the Grand Union Canal at Cosgrove Lock along the Stony Stratford and Buckingham Arms. The original route passed through Old Stratford, Deanshanger, Thornton, Leckhampstead Wharf, Thornborough Mill, Maids Moreton Mill and Bourton Meadow.

Much of the canal is now dry, and parts have been built over. Certain sections of the route would need to be created anew due to the development that has taken place in and around villages since the canal’s closure.  

Early in 2010, BCS commissioned an outline feasibility study regarding the restoration of the entire length of the canal arm. The report concluded that it was a feasible project, although significant funding and commitment will be required.

More information about the Buckingham Canal and plans for its restoration are available at