Chester Canal is part of Shropshire Union Canal from the River Dee in Chester to the Nantwich basin.
The Chester Canal Heritage Trust has been formed by a small group of people who are interested in the history and workings of the waterways in the Chester area. They would like to ensure that the part the canal played in the history of Cheshire is recorded and tells the unique story for school children and other community groups, to ensure that the story of the canal is remembered in history. To achieve this they are developing educational materials for schools/groups and creating an archive of information. The story of the canal will be presented in a range of media for use in schools, exhibitions and presentations.
To advance the public education by engendering and fostering an awareness of the Chester Canal, its activities, heritage and environs (including adjoining waterways), in local people and visitors through the following powers:
• the provision of training and education in the skills of the waterway environment;
• the encouragement of exploration of the role of the waterways in the development of the surrounding area;
• the support and preservation of the canal’s heritage, including the historic narrowboats and other craft that made use of it;
• the development of recreational activities within the canal environment;
• the dissemination of information about the canal;
• the monitoring of developments and proposed developments affecting the canal;
• and participation in schemes and initiatives designed to safeguard, promote and enhance the canal.
The Trust was set up in 1997 and has been growing ever since and is working hard to further the objectives of the Trust.
The Trust would welcome anyone who would like to help with their work. You may like to help with one of the projects or events discussed in this newsletter, you might like to join the heritage group, assist the management committee with the organising of events or even become involved as a Trustee. The extent of your involvement is your choice. Any help would be gratefully appreciated. If you have a particular skill to offer or would just like to get involved please contact the Trust website or one of the members and they can discuss the work of the Trust in greater detail.
Contact the Trust
The Chester Canal Heritage Trust is a registered charity staffed entirely by volunteers. The Trust is registered in England and Wales as a charity (registration number 1094394) and is registered in England and Wales as a private company limited by guarantee (registration number 04360134). Copies of the Articles of Association and the Memorandum of Association are available on request.
The Charity's objects are to advance the public education by engendering and fostering an awareness of the Chester Canal, its activities, heritage and environs, in local people and visitors by enabling people to crew heritage narrowboats; through the provision of training and education in the skills of the waterway environment; through the encouragement of exploration of the role of the waterways in the development of the surrounding area; through the support of the use and preservation of heritage narrowboats; through the development of recreational activities within the canal environment; and through the provision of a floating classroom for use by all in the North West.
If you would like to send an enquiry to the Trust please e-mail
Alternatively, contact can be made by post to the registered office for the Trust at the following address:
Chester Canal Heritage Trust
21 Whipcord Lane
Membership of Chester Canal Heritage Trust is open to any persons who are interested in furthering the work of the Trust and who pay an annual membership fee as set by the management committee from time to time. Members of Chester Canal Heritage Trust are entitled to nominate themselves or be nominated to the management committee and to vote at general meetings. Members also receive periodic newsletters together with invitations to the social and informative / educational events such as talks that the Trust runs in accordance with a published programs.
The grades for membership of the Trust are as follows:
|Joint/Family (at one address)||£20|
|Junior (individual under 16)||£7|
|Corporate / organisational membership||£35|
Applications for membership would be welcomed from anyone interested. A copy of the membership application form can be downloaded here. The completed form should be forwarded to the membership secretary at the above address. If you would like to contact the Trust about any membership issues please e-mail