The coming of the railway was a major reason for its demise and the failure to maintain the locks and the water courses over many years hadn’t helped.

Technically, the canal has never been closed!

In April 1863, it was used for the last time as far as Stamford as it became impossible for the boats to navigate further than the Deepings.

By April 1865, almost exactly 200 years after being built, it was decided to sell the canal by auction at Stamford Town Hall.

But things didn’t quite go as planned - see the Auction link for details!

 The More link gives information about what happened next.

This story is to be completed.. with the canal being re-opened (we wish)!!

  The Stamford Canal Auction        More of what happened next. 



  The demise and closure of the Stamford Canal

 The Stamford Canal << The earliest proper canal in England? <<