The Fossdyke Canal - Lincoln B&W by Paul Thompson Photography

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Believed to be the oldest man-made navigation in the country that is still navigable, the Fossdyke stretches 11 miles from the River Trent at Torksey Lock and arrives at Brayford Pool.

More information on the Fossdyke Canal can be found on the Waterscape website.
Following the Fossdyke and the Witham through the ages

Early history
Some historians and archaeologists believe that the Fossdyke Canal was built by the Romans around 120AD to link the River Trent with their city at Lincoln. The earliest definite documentary reference to the Fossdyke Canal is from 1121.

13th century – 16th century
Waterways were responsibility of various landowners and the Church; maintenance inefficient and by 17th century almost impassable (though Lincoln still England’s 4th largest port in 13th century)

18th – 19th century
Fossdyke is leased to various parties – on understanding that trading profits would be used to maintain the waterway

Act of Parliament leads to straightening and dredging of Witham and Fossdyke

Grand Sluice and lock built at Boston to protect Witham from tide and flood damage

Early 1800s
Major schemes to alleviate problems caused by mud in the tidal section of the Witham between the coast and Boston. Witham was also straightened and deepened between Lincoln and Boston.

Witham and Fossdyke leased to Great Northern Railway Company

End 19th century
Both navigations running at a loss

Early 1950s
Regular barge traffic along Witham ceased

Brayford Pool cleared, 25 wrecked boats removed

Brayford Trust established

Commercial carrying along Fossdyke Canal ceased
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  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...about 5 years ago

    excellent work paul, love the angle

  • Thanks very much Kathy

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  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganabout 5 years ago

    A stunning B&W shot:))

  • Thanks very much Tina

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  • Rob Parsons
    Rob Parsonsabout 5 years ago

    Superb b&w Paul.

  • Thanks very much Rob

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  • ChelseaBlue
    ChelseaBlueabout 5 years ago

    Very nice Paul, one for TUKS maybe ?

  • hanks very much Chelsea, TUKS???

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  • Tom Broderick IPA
    Tom Broderick IPAabout 5 years ago

    great shot looks cool in bw. tom

  • Thanks alot Tom

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  • brimellor1
    brimellor1about 5 years ago

    Superb shot…and great info!!!! Its a fabulous city with so much history!!!

  • Thanks very much Brian

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  • Matt Roberts
    Matt Robertsabout 5 years ago

    I know that place :) Nice shot.

  • Thanks very much Matt

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  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreabout 5 years ago

    Nice photography. Thanks for submitting this to Solo Exhibition.

  • Thanks very much, thank you for commenting

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  • Luca Renoldi
    Luca Renoldiabout 5 years ago

    Splendid architecture and details. fantastic B&W!

  • Thanks very much Luca

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  • Hany  Kamel
    Hany Kamelabout 5 years ago

    you gotta love the tones and extra contrast , love it mate

  • Thanks very much Hany

    – Paul Thompson Photography

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