IWA Timeline: 1983 - 1985


Legal action on the Middle Level, started in 1981, met with success with the Commissioners agreeing to restore Horseway Lock and to build a new lock near Ramsey. 

1982_-_sheffieldThe Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigation improvements were officially opened and so was Robert Aickman New Lock on the Upper Avon.

National Waterways Fortnight was held from 14th to 30th May comprising over a hundred events including talks, meetings, rallies and exhibitions to support the waterways.  The whole campaign was co-ordinated by John Gagg.  Rochdale Canal Society opened the restored section of canal between Todmorden and Hebden Bridge.

IWA Council members were taken in a truck through Blisworth Tunnel on the Grand Union Canal to see the new concrete cylinder lining that was being installed.

IWA's National Rally was held at Wigan on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.  Around 50,000 people and 428 boats attended.


Sir Frank Price ended his appointment as British Waterways Chairman after sixteen years.  IWA regarded him as an effective ally in the battle for the waterways, a judgement not applicable to previous BW chairmen.

The IWA National Rally at Hawkesbury on the junction of the Oxford and Coventry canals had a record entry of 720 boats of which 661 actually attended.


British Waterways and Local Authorities from both ends of the canal met to discuss the Huddersfield Narrow Canal restoration project.  BW announced a £100,000 engineering study of Standedge Tunnel.

1985_-_wways_wummerA "National IWAterways Summer" of over 150 events, as well as a series of IWAlk sponsored walks across the country, was held to publicise the waterways.  One of these was held on the Grand Union Saltisford Arm to mark its restoration.

A total of 514 boats and nearly 30,000 people attended IWA National Rally held at Milton Keynes on the Grand Union Main Line.