Sandiacre

The next scheduled opening is:

Sunday 17th October - 10:30am to 3:30pm

Our new attraction this year

The stable is home to an interactive donkey called Rosie, her new stablemate Buttons has arrived at last to keep Rosie company
in our stable.

So If you’re curious or intrigued then simply
join us at our next opening! 

Stable and Smithy
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Sandiacre Lock Cottages

1991 to the present day

Welcome to Sandiacre Lock Cottages. The cottages were first opened to the public in 1991. The Sandiacre lock cottages and toll house are now a museum run by the Erewash Canal Preservation & Development Association (ECP&DA) volunteers. We are open to the public for you to look around on the third Sunday of each month and Bank Holiday Mondays throughout the year. We are also open at other times throughout the year for organised visits - schools, leisure, and social groups. Days and dates are on request. For more information speak to our cottage co-ordinator Glyn Stenson, his contact details are below.

The cottages and tollhouse have been maintained in an unspoiled condition to provide a glimpse of the Erewash canal's heritage. There are many artifacts, pictures, and storyboards that have been carefully researched and created by a group of dedicated volunteers over many years.

Entry is free and freshly made cakes with a hot drink and an open fire make it a very desirable place to spend a couple of hours.

How to find us: Erewash Canal, Lock Lane, (off Longmoor Lane), Sandiacre  NG10 5LA 
OPEN DAYS - free admission. 

Please note:
  • Due to the historic nature of the cottages, access
    for disabled people is limited.
  • Parking space is limited.
Open Day Dates
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The next scheduled opening is:

Sunday 17th October - 10:30am to 3:30pm

Volunteer opportunities

We are always looking for volunteers to help with a range of tasks to suit individual interests and skills.

  • Serving refreshments
  • Opening and closing the cottages ( windows, doors and preparing fires)
  • Meet and greet the public
  • Cottage guides
  • General maintenance and cleaning
  • Marketing
  • Planning events   etc etc

Our current volunteers love meeting our broad range of cottage visitors and take great pride in caring and sharing our unique 1779 canal side jewel.

Please contact me in the first instance and I’ll pass on your details to the relevant volunteer who will provide further information, support and guidance. We look forward to hearing from you.
Glyn Stenson: M.07809 251441  
Email: Glyn Stenson

The Scullery

A Scullery is a room in a house, traditionally used for washing dishes and laundering clothes or as an overflow kitchen.

Tasks performed in the Scullery include cleaning dishes and cooking utensils (or storing them). Occasional kitchen work, ironing boiling water for cooking or bathing. And soaking and washing clothes. Sculleries contain hot and cold sinks, storage shelves, plate racks, a work table, various coppers for boiling water, tubs and buckets.

In the Sandiacre Lock Cottages Scullery, look out for the dolly tub and posser (or ponch), mangle and also the Range multi use heater and cooker.

Toll Houses or Toll Offices

collected fees of passage from barges loaded with a range of goods including, coal, iron, stone, flour and beer.

Canal companies levied tolls on the weight and type of cargo carried and all new boats had to be indexed (calibrated) before they were allowed into service. The procedure for obtaining the weight of cargo it was carrying was called gauging.

A gauging rod was used to carefully measure the freeboard at four known points, one point each side near the bows and one point each near the stern.

Freeboard, sometimes known as 'dry inches', is the draught or vertical distance between the gunwale and the water line