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The Pocklington Canal Amenity Society

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PCAS is a Registered Charity (No. 500637) and was formed in 1969 to protect and restore the Pocklington Canal and to promote it as an amenity for everyone to enjoy. A major objective of PCAS is full restoration of the canal. A lot has been achieved but there is plenty more to be done.
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2015 was the 200th anniversary of the Act of Parliament that authorised building of the canal and 2018 will mark the bicentenary of the opening of the whole canal. PCAS is celebrating the bicentenary with various events. Our Bicentenary Appeal for funds to restore two more miles of canal has been successful and work and the length of canal was officially opened on 25 July 2018. See our Facebook page for the latest news.

We are now raising funds to restore Sandhill Lock.









Appeal total £70,000 at Jan. 2019

An introduction to the Pocklington Canal


The Pocklington Canal is a delightful rural waterway in East Yorkshire. It is nine and a half miles long (15 km), flowing from Canal Head near Pocklington to the River Derwent at East Cottingwith. The canal was completed in 1818 and is part of the inland waterways network of England and Wales. Like many of our canals it became derelict with the coming of the railways. Considerable restoration work has been done by the Pocklington Canal Amenity Society volunteers. Half the canal is currently navigable and the entire canal has a towpath.

The Pocklington Canal is one of our finest canals for wildlife, with both national and international protection. The four road bridges and nine locks are important heritage features and all of them are Grade II Listed.

Thornton Lock has recently been restored by PCAS volunteers and the new gates were made at the Canal & River Trust's Stanley Ferry workshops at Castleford.

Thornton Lock after restoration in 2017


PCAS is now on Facebook Regular updates about the PCAS restoration work and the Canal & River Trust's Lottery-funded project can be found on Facebook.

If you don't use Facebook you can see some of the information here

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