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Stamford Canal

The Stamford Canal was the first modern canal in England. It linked Stamford in Lincolnshire to the River Welland.

Facts & Stats



Original length of the canal.

12 locks

Originally along the navigation, although only one remains intact.


Year opened

From Stamford to Market Deeping

The Stamford Canal was part of the Welland Navigation. It was built 100 years before the start of the Industrial Revolution.

Plans for the Boston to Peterborough Wetland Corridor project include a new link between the Welland and the River Nene. This new link would provide an opportunity to bring a section of the Stamford Canal back to life.

Waterway notes

Restoration Group

Local activities