Uttoxeter Canal

Photo: The restored basin below the first lock on the Uttoxeter Canal by David Stowell

(13 miles, canal in various ownerships)

The first lock on the Uttoxeter Canal, and its link to the Caldon Canal, were reopened in July 2005.  The project cost £800,000 - funded by BW, the European Union European Regional Development Fund, Advantage West Midlands, Rural Regeneration in North East Staffordshire and a substantial IWA grant from a legacy.  The Caldon & Uttoxeter Canals Trust, WRG and IWA’s North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch (formerly Stoke-on-Trent Branch) undertook restoration work, and Staffordshire County Council and Staffordshire Moorlands District Council provided further support.  Both the lock and basin form a part of the Uttoxeter Canal that fell into disrepair in the 1930s after it stopped being used.  It was the last part of the canal to be closed, the majority having been swallowed up by a now derelict railway in the nineteenth century.  The Trust has promoted a feasibility study to restore the rest of the line, which was completed and made publicly available in 2009.