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Moira Furnace 3/5

The abandoned section of the Ashby Canal next to Moira Furnace is the subject of a restoration project and is the first canal where a new section has been authorised under the Transport and Works Act 1992. The Transport and Works Order was obtained by Leicestershire County Council, as some of the original route has been infilled and built over, and restoration therefore involves construction on a new route through the centre of Measham. It is hoped that all but the final 1-mile (1.6 km) section of the canal can be re-opened. An isolated section near Moira Furnace and the National Forest visitor centre was opened between 1999 and 2005, and is the location for an annual trail-boat festival.


This is taken from the top of the furnace building that I started the series with on Monday.

Moira Furnace 3/5

The abandoned section of the Ashby Canal next to Moira Furnace is the subject of a restoration project and is the first canal where a new section has been authorised under the Transport and Works Act 1992. The Transport and Works Order was obtained by Leicestershire County Council, as some of the original route has been infilled and built over, and restoration therefore involves construction on a new route through the centre of Measham. It is hoped that all but the final 1-mile (1.6 km) section of the canal can be re-opened. An isolated section near Moira Furnace and the National Forest visitor centre was opened between 1999 and 2005, and is the location for an annual trail-boat festival.


This is taken from the top of the furnace building that I started the series with on Monday.

comments (17)

A nice picture Brian. Having seen some of your other barge pictures, this is smaller. Is there some special job she does?
Brian Walbey: This is two barges Frances, the right hand one is a normal boat and the left hand one is a maintenance boat, I guess being open it is used for clearing weeds and growth in the water.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 11 Jan 2012, 00:37
An attractive and unexpected inclusion in the series, Brian...I like!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ray.
A very nice photo - enjoyed the narrative!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Elizabeth.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 11 Jan 2012, 06:42
Nice picture: your text illustrates shows the short-sightedness of closure
Brian Walbey: It does indeed Chris, likewise many railway lines also of course.
Lovely and colourful picture Brian. Thanks for the narrative.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 11 Jan 2012, 07:49
I love your canal boats, Brian, which have their own distinctive style...and are usually so colorful!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ginnie, I think the one on the left is a maintenance boat used for keeping the canal clear of weeds and so on.
the colors are spot on Brian, especially the red
Brian Walbey: Thanks Chantal.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 11 Jan 2012, 07:59
One thing about the old coal fired barges is that there is plenty of water to douse any flames in an emergency.
Brian Walbey: There is indeed Chad.
  • Linda
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 Jan 2012, 08:06
This is a really pretty place Brian, I was watching a TV programme about the restoration of a canal and it was all done by volunteers, they were really dedicated smile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Linda. I seem to think I saw a similar programme, probably the same one.
It took about 40 years to restore the canal here, hope they do yours a bit quicker!
Brian Walbey: This part is finished Bill but I don't know about what is happening further along.
You were working from a great viewpoint to get this.
Brian Walbey: Yes one can go out on to the top of part of the building Martin, a good spot for this sort of shot.
  • lisl
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Jan 2012, 13:49
The downside of restoring a canal is the effect it has on the wildlife. I have a book on the wildlife of the Kennet & Avon Canal near Bath before it was restored, and one struggles now to see even a Heron. But I do love the other sort of life it brings, so all is a compromise
Brian Walbey: I suppose it depends on whether the canal is in a built up area or, like this one, mainly in open countryside.
Lovely image, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Tom.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 Jan 2012, 19:19
That's good news about the re-opening of the canal. I hope this missing 1 mile length is not the connection to the rest of the canal network, though. I like tht bright livery of the no. 113.
Brian Walbey: I'm not really sure where the other mile will take the canal when it is finally restored and open, but this bit is very nice.
  • John Prior
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Jan 2012, 20:22
Great colour Brian
Brian Walbey: Nothing like a good red is their John, except when you don't want it!
Fascinating industrial archeology stuff Brian. I am related to the University of Valencia people, leaders in this field of studies in Spain and I should show your work to them. smile
Brian Walbey: I hope they find it interesting if you do show them my pictures Juan and I also feel honoured you think them interesting enough.
very nice... beautifully maintained
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Ayush.

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