A Short History

A Short History of the Herefordshire and Gloucestershire Canal Trust

In 1982 an an informal steering group came together on a number of occasions in Hereford to discuss the potential to form a proposed Herefordshire and Gloucestershire Canal Society. Public interest in the revival of the long-forgotten Canal began in April 1983, when the Society was inaugurated at a public meeting. The Society formed with no more substantial aims than raising awareness of the Canal and preserving what structures remained. At that time there was little thought that full restoration might be possible.

Launch of the Trust

Things took a great step forward in 1992 when the Society was reconstituted into the Herefordshire and Gloucestershire Canal Trust with the stated aim of complete restoration. The Trust became a registered charity and as interest and membership of the Trust grew, two lengths of the Canal were partially restored at Monkhide and Oxenhall. Slowly the vision began to reveal that one day, Hereford and Gloucester might once again be joined by a navigable Canal!

In 2008 the Herefordshire & Gloucestershire Canal Trust/Society celebrated its 25 Years Anniversary.

To commemorate this, three new milestones were unveiled at Over, Oxenhall and Yarkhill. The design of the milestones is based on the original milestones that once stood at regular intervals along the line of the Canal. The stones were crafted and the plaques cast by Trust volunteers.

Today the Trust has an ordinary and corporate membership of some 1,300 from all over the country and abroad.