Coventry Canal Basin Coventry Canal Basin and it's attendant buildings form an area of architectural and historic interest. The unusual Y-shaped Basin was initally constructed and opened to traffic in 1769 and later enlarged to it's present form in 1788. The initial planning and construction of the Coventry Canal Navigation was the work of the pioneering canal engineer James Brindley, who was appointed on 9th February 1768 at a salary of £150 per annum. He was dismissed in 1769 and replaced by Thomas Yeoman. Later appointments of general superintendent to the company were John Warner (1795-1820) and John Sinclair. An able pupil of Thomas Telford, Sinclair was appointed in 1820 as the canal company's full time engineer and remained so for 43 years. Most of the historic buildings and structures around the Canal Basin were erected by the Coventry Canal Navigation Comapny and as such represent some of the finest surviving examples of original 'Canal Company' architecture in the West Midlands. There are three Grade II listed buildings / structures at the basin. Namley, the Canal Bridge, the Historic Warehouses and Canal House. the Weighbridge Office and Old Vaults are also of historical interest. You will find information plaques attached to each of these buildings around the Canal Basin. Between 1993 and 1995 Coventry City Council and British Waterways undertook refurbishment and redevelopment works in the Canal Basin and Drapers Field. This was partly financed with aid from the European Regional Development Fund and from the Urban Partnership Fund.

Coventry Canal Basin - Rolt House - Leicester Row, Coventry, United Kingdom

1939-1945 On the night of December 15th 1940 this lock was severely damaged by enemy action during an air raid on the city This plaque is dedicated to the workforce of the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation Company who stove to keep the waterway open under hazardous and extremely difficult conditions throughout the war

Tinsley Flight - Lock No 5, Sheffield & Tinsley Canal, Sheffield, United Kingdom

Thomas Bradley (1733-1833) The Grave of Thomas Bradley who probably designed Square Chapel at the age of eighteen in 1772. He was also involved in the construction of the Piece Hall. Engineer to the Calder and Hebble Navigation Company.

Square Capel, Square Road, Halifax, United Kingdom

Author L. T. C. (Tom) Rolt 1910-1974 wrote his most influential book Narrow Boat whilst living on board Shroppie fly-boat Cressy adapted for him at Tooleys Boatyard nearby. This book, which tells of his 1939 cruise around the decaying canals inspired the founding of the Inland Waterways Association which for over fifty years has campaigned for the preservation and restoration of our many waterways for all to enjoy. 27th July 1999 The sixtieth anniversary of his departure from Banbury

Tom Rolt Bridge - Oxford Canal, Banbury, United Kingdom

Thomas Telford 1757-1834 whose skills ensured the completion of the Diggle Flight and Standedge Tunnel

Entrance to Standedge Tunnel, Diggle, United Kingdom

Ted Keaveney 1923-2002 He campaigned tirelessly for the restoration of the Cheshire Ring when the canal between Marple and Manchester was derelict. Today it is open throughout and enjoyed by all

Marple Junction, Marple Canal, Macclesfield, United Kingdom