Conservation proposals for Trent Lock

Published on: Saturday, 12th September 2015

Popular tourist spot Trent Lock at Sawley could be given conservation area status to protect its heritage and history.

Erewash Borough councillors gave the go-ahead at Council Executive held on 10th September for a consultation project to ask residents for their views on the proposal.

Trent Lock is at the confluence of three late 18th Century waterways - the Loughborough Navigation (1778), the Erewash Canal (1779) and the Trent Navigation (1787). Designation of a conservation area would recognise the rarity value of a group of buildings at Trent Lock that date back to these waterways

The historic interest of Trent Lock is reflected in its inclusion in key gazetteers of industrial archaeology, including Palmer's 'Industrial Landscapes of the East Midlands (1992)'.

British Waterways has also described it as one of the 'particular highlights' of the Erewash Canal and a site with 'high heritage values' - saying the lock chamber, the former Erewash Navigation Inn building and the former toll booths are all 'significant' features.

Councillor Michael Powell, Erewash Borough Council's Lead Member for Regeneration and Planning, said "It is vital that we protect important heritage within our borough and we know that Trent Lock is a popular and scenic site that has important buildings with great architectural and historic interest. We would like local people to get involved and have their say on the possibility of granting conservation area status.'

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