On Sunday 15th May, 2022, ECP&DA were delighted to welcome BBC Radio Derby breakfast show presenter, Andy Twigge to Sandiacre Lock Cottages where he very kindly performed the official opening ceremony for our long awaited fully flushing toilet!! The event was aired on his Tuesday morning broadcast (17th) which can be found on the BBC Sounds App.
The cottages are owned and maintained by the Erewash Canal Preservation and Development Association (ECPDA). The new toilet cost around £2600 and was funded by money left over by members’ donations that were originally raised to purchase the cottages from the Canal and River Trust. The cottage is open to the public free of charge on the third Sunday of each month. The installation of this toilet will enable us to open up to a wider range of people, school parties, UC3A and historical societies etc. Also on this day was a demonstration of spinning and weaving by Sarah Field and Clare Quigley plus the usual free tea, coffee and cake.
The cottages were built in 1779 and comprise of cottage, stable and toll house. They are now the only ones surviving on the Erewash canal.