West Deeping Heritage Group to unveil project

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A heritage project charting the history of Stamford Canal is to be unveiled in two villages along its route.

West Deeping Heritage Group will present information boards to parish councils in Tallington and West Deeping as part of the lottery funded project.

The six-and-a-half mile stretch of canal was used between the 17th century and 1865 to allow farmers and traders to transport goods to and from the ports of Spalding and Boston.

Twelve months ago the group received £9,900 of lottery money to research its history.

Spokesman Maggie Ashcroft said: “Many local people have been involved in the project. Residents have walked the route of the former canal, visited archives in Lincoln and Stamford to look at original documents and maps, recorded interviews and spent hours reading and transcribing pages of the Stamford Town Hall books.”

A celebration of their work takes place this weekend when an information board will be unveiled along the canal route at West Deeping.

Anyone interested in joining the celebration should meet at the village hall at 2pm to walk down to the board. Refreshments will be served at The Red Lion after the ceremony with a chance to talk to members of the heritage group.

A board in Tallington will then be unveiled on Sunday, November 3. The group will meet at the village hall at 2pm.

Anyone interested in attending should contact Maggie Ashcroft on 01778 344768.