canalside heritage centre

2012 - Beeston Lock Cottages Trust Awarded Heritage Lottery Funding

A three-year campaign by local members of the community to convert four disused cottages at Beeston Lock into The Canalside Heritage Centre, has been given the green light by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

This HLF first-round pass*, including £35,700 of development funding, means that the Canalside Heritage Centre Trust (CHC) can continue to progress their plans to apply for a full grant by March 2014.

The existing cottages, which date from the 18th Century, have been derelict for at least 15 years will be restored to their original condition as authentically as possible using traditional craftsmanship and materials and will include a re-creation of a typical canal worker’s cottage of the period. A new, contemporary extension will be added to the rear of the property to provide modern facilities, including a community café and an education centre.

The project has received widespread support from the Beeston area including local schools, Broxtowe Borough Council, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, the Nottinghamshire Narrowboat Project and local residents. There are also plans for a kitchen garden supported by schools which will provide some of the food to be sold at the community cafe. The exhibition will display information on the history of the canals in Nottingham and provide educational resources for schools and local history enthusiasts.

Stewart Craven, Chair of the Group, who lives on a narrowboat near to the buildings, conceived the idea of the Centre three years ago and is the driving force behind the project said “This is fantastic news. It means that a long-neglected area of Beeston Rylands will be rejuvenated to become a focal point, connecting local people with their heritage. Since we announced our plans, the support from the local community has been overwhelming and we are grateful for all the help that we have had to get to this point.”


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