Leeds & Liverpool Canal Society Welcomes You
The Society was formed in 1997 by a small group of people who had the Canal & its heritage at heart and wanted to ensure that knowledge of all aspects of the canal was retained and passed on to future generations.
The Leeds & Liverpool Canal is 127¼ miles long making it the longest continuous canal in the country. Construction of the Canal began in 1770, but was not completed until 1816 and today offers a wide variety of leisure activities.
Kennet is a River Class Leeds & Liverpool Canal Short Boat owned and operated by the Canal Society who refurbished it as a floating museum. Built in 1947 to carry cargo along the Canal and it is listed on the Register of National Historic Ships UK.
After being ‘marooned’ in dry dock
Following Kennet’s successful appearance at the Saltaire Festival, it was taken to Burnley for dry docking. While the work was being undertaken Kennet was ‘marooned’ as a consequence of the major breach at Rishton.
The Society has a wide cross section of members from all walks of life. This is essential to ensure that the Society can continue to fulfil its role of encouraging knowledge of the Canal’s Heritage alongside its leisure use.
The Society is not alone in pursuing its objectives. It works closely with other organisations which focus on the contemporary and historic relevance of the Canal, including the Canal & River Trust and the Inland Waterways Association.
The development of this site was funded by the Canal and River Trust through their Waterways Charity Appeal Fund.
The refurbishment of Kennet and the Kennet video were made possible by funds from the Heritage Lottery Fund.