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Date(s) - 20th March 2018
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Froghall Canal Wharf


Red Wheel Commemorative Plaque Unveiling: Froghall Canal Basin, Caldon Canal; 11:00am, Tuesday 20th March

At 11:00am on Tuesday 20th March, The Transport Trust will hold a ceremony to unveil one of their commemorative Red Wheel plaques at Froghall Basin on the Caldon Canal. The citation will read:

‘A major complex of canal-side wharves and lime kilns fed, since 1778 by a series of railways from the Cauldon Low limestone quarries.’

The ceremony will be conducted by Richard Parry, Chief Executive of the Canal and River Trust; and Stuart Wilkinson, Chairman of the Transport Trust, assisted by Gerald Leach of the Railway and Canal Historical Society.

Before the unveiling, Gerald will briefly explain the history of the basin that led to the award of the ‘Red Wheel’. After the ceremony, he will lead a walk around the fascinating wharf and kilns.

Along with members of other societies, members of the RCHS and their friends are welcome to attend the event.

Froghall Canal Basin lies just off the A52 (Ashbourne to Stoke road) some 6 miles east of Stoke-on-Trent at the Staffordshire Moorlands end of the Caldon Canal. It is also adjacent to the southern terminus of the Churnet Valley Railway at Kingsley and Froghall station.

Light refreshments will be available so indications of interest in attending would be appreciated. Please inform Gerald Leach if you intend to be at the event. He may be contacted by email (gerald.leach@btinternet.com) or by telephone (01565 654342). The closing date for notifications of intent to attend is Sunday 11th March.

Note: The map above shows the location of the Churnet Valley Railway Station at Froghall. The canal basin is 300 yards to the north: 2nd left turn off A52 (east of the station).