The Louth Navigation opened in 1770 as a canalisation of the river Lud, connecting Louth to Tetney Haven, at the mouth of the Humber. In the early C20th there was a rapid decline in income, and the canal closed in 1924.
Facts & Stats
The date the navigation closed.
The length of the navigation.
Only three of the eight original locals remain
Things to do nearby
The story of the Louth Navigation
The Louth Navigation was authorised by Act of Parliament in 1763 and completed in 1770. Operation of the Navigation was a moderate success until the beginning of the twentieth century, when there was a rapid decline in income, and the canal formally closed in 1924 following severe floods in 1920. Because the Navigation continued to be used as a channel for land drainage and water supply, the line of the Navigation has remained intact, although the unusual locks, each with two sets of four elliptical bays built on baulks of timer, have suffered badly, especially at times of flooding. Only three of the eight original locks remain in reasonable condition.
Louth Navigation Trust, formed in 1986, aims to restore the Navigation and has the support of local authorities following a feasibility study completed by 2005. The Trust has carried out work to stop further deterioration of structures, including maintenance of Ticklepenny lock, and to keep the towpath open. It helped to restore Navigation Warehouse, Louth, to a high standard in 1998/9, in partnership with Groundwork Lincolnshire and the building is now owned by East Lindsey District Council. The Trust is currently fundraising to stabilise Keddington Lock.
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