Group navigates rich history of canal

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Members of Alfreton’s U3A group were visited by local historian David Ratner (pictured) who gave a talk on the history of the Cromford Canal.

A map of 1789 showed the route surveyed for engineer William Jessop, who was assisted in the project by Alfreton-born Benjamin Outram.

The canal linked manufacturers in the area to the Grand Cross – a canal system which stretched around the country and provided links to cities including Hull, Bristol, Liverpool and London.


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