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Lancaster Canal Old Boathouse on East Side of Canal Approximately 100 Metres West of Basin Bridge

A Grade II Listed Building in Lancaster, Lancashire

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Latitude: 54.0421 / 54°2'31"N

Longitude: -2.804 / 2°48'14"W

OS Eastings: 347450

OS Northings: 460979

OS Grid: SD474609

Mapcode National: GBR 8PVP.RS

Mapcode Global: WH846.WNYM

Entry Name: Lancaster Canal Old Boathouse on East Side of Canal Approximately 100 Metres West of Basin Bridge

Listing Date: 30 November 1970

Last Amended: 13 March 1995

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1194965

English Heritage Legacy ID: 383032

Location: Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1

County: Lancashire

District: Lancaster

Town: Lancaster

Electoral Ward/Division: Scotforth West

Built-Up Area: Lancaster

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lancashire

Church of England Parish: Lancaster St Mary with St John and St Anne

Church of England Diocese: Blackburn

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Listing Text


1685-1/1/3 (East side (off))
30/11/70 Old Boathouse on east side of Canal,
approx. 100m west of Basin Bridge
(Formerly Listed as:
Old Boathouse on Canal at Aldcliffe
Road Basin)


Boathouse and repair workshop, now roofless. c1833, repaired
and consolidated c1991. For the Lancaster Canal Company.
Roughly coursed sandstone rubble with ashlar dressings.
Basically rectangular plan. 2 storeys and 7 bays, built at
right angles to the canal around a narrow basin (now silted
The bay nearest to the canal is splayed outwards to the left
to facilitate the passage of boats through a wide full-height
entry, off-set to the left. In both side walls the
ground-floor openings are irregular, but the 1st floors have 7
windows, which originally had 42 panes. Both floors of the
left-hand side wall have, in the middle bay, a doorway with a
recess for a sliding door. Between the storeys in each side
wall is a row of 13 narrow slots, through which beams were
inserted to support boats and a working platform during
HISTORY: built for the accommodation and repair of the fast
packet boats 'Waterwitch' and 'Swiftsure', which were
supplemented in 1835 by 'Swallow' and in 1839 by 'Crewdson'.
These operated a service between Preston and Kendal (57 miles
in seven and a quarter hours) from 1833 to 1842, and from
Lancaster to Kendal until 1846, in competition with the stage
coach. This item is a unique feature of the Lancaster Canal.
(Lancaster City Museums Local Studies: White A: Fast Packet
Boats on the Lancaster Canal: Lancaster).

Listing NGR: SD4745060979

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