In its simplest terms, it was to get to and from Stamford and the Deepings then on via Spalding to the Wash and the North Sea.
It was needed to go round the mills that had been built in Stamford, Tallington and West Deeping, plus Molecey and Thorpe’s Mills.
Neither Newstead nor Lolham mills were a problem, as they were away from the main channel of the River Welland
This canal was the working heart for transporting goods for 200 years between Stamford and Spalding or Fosdyke where items were trans-shipped to and from sea-going vessels plying their trade between Newcastle in the north and London in the south.
You can see the maps of the lower River Welland sections by clicking on the links below or the More link for a more in-depth look at various parts of the Welland Navigation including proposals to extend it (in both directions!).
The destination of the Stamford Canal
The Stamford Canal << The earliest proper canal in England? <<