A Walk into the Past

Published on: Wed, 21/08/2019 - 10:55

LHCRT heritage walk sandfields

Two groups restoring important parts of Lichfield’s heritage have come together to offer an insight into the city’s industrial past.

As part of Lichfield Heritage Weekend, walks jointly organized by Lichfield Waterworks Trust and Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust will begin at 10:30 on both Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15.

Starting at Speakers Corner on Dam Street, the walk will follow the line of a tunnel under Lichfield that brought water to the pumping station at Sandfields, built to provide clean water for the Black Country during the Industrial Revolution, saving thousands from cholera.

After a little over an hour’s stroll, walkers will arrive at the pumping station, with its historic Cornish steam beam engine.

Those who wish to end their walk here will be guided back to Speakers Corner while the others will walk the trails and towpaths of the nearby Fosseway Heath section of the Lichfield Canal up to Lock 18 (about three quarters of a mile) and back.

They will then board a heritage bus for a free ride to the restored Gallows Wharf on the canal near London Road, and see part of the towpath wall dating from 1797 on the adjacent Gallows Reach, recently exposed by the Canal Trust.

The bus will then take visitors back to the city centre.

The following weekend, September 21 and 22, over 5,000 visitors are expected at the Huddlesford Heritage Gathering, a biennial event organised jointly by Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust and Lichfield Cruising Club.

The Gathering features historic boats, floating traders, private boats and classic vehicles, with exhibitors and displays on the field at Lichfield Cruising Club, Huddlesford, Lichfield WS13 8PY.

There will be music, entertainment, food and bar all day at the Gathering, which costs £5 entry with free parking.

For more information visit https://heritagegathering.uk/index.php