Inland Waterways Association

The Inland Waterways Association was formed in 1946 to fight for the canals to be saved and revitalised so that the canals might benefit future generations.

This plaque is dedicated to the memory of Ian M. Gall 1932-2005. Ian and Eileen (his beloved wife) were known as Mr & Mrs Castlefield because of their constant campaigning for the redevelopment of the Castlefield Urban Heritage Park. The both worked tirelessly for the Inland Waterways Association for more than 25 years.

Castlefield, Manchester, United Kingdom

L. T. C. Rolt 1910-1974 engineering historian, champion of inland waterways began his historic "Cressy" cruise here in 1939

Tooley’s Boatyard, Banbury, United Kingdom

This plaque was unveiled by the national chairman of the Inland Waterways Association, Audrey Smith, in 1996 - the Association's Golden Jubilee Year - to record its lengthy and successful campaign for the increased use of and improvement to Manchester's waterways. It commemorates all the annual boat rallies in Castlefield, the National Boat Rally held in 1988, the International Waterways Festival held in 1993 and the jubilee "Waterways for All" event held in 1996.

Staffordshire Arm, Castlefield, Manchester, 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

Robert Aickman 1914-1981 author and co-founder of The Inland Waterways Association lived and worked here

11 Gower Street, London, 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