This information has been collated to support artists and communities working in and around the Coventry Canal over the course of The Canal Network(ed) project in 2021.

This is a curated list of material that can be found freely available online. All material is linked and credited to its creator and shared for reference only.

This is a growing shared research repository. This is not meant as an exhaustive list. We’re sharing ideas as they come to us and materials as we find them. This will never be complete.

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  • 2017 “Coal, gas and diesel” – A film by Alan Van Wijgerden

    A documentary about a working canal boat. Delivering Coal, Gas and Diesel to boats on the Coventry canal.
  • 2012 “Polevault” – An audio walk by Talking Birds

    Professor Hilary Marland collaborated with Talking Birds as part of the ‘Polevault’ endeavour linked to their Olympic project: ‘Decathlon 2012’, providing commentary on mental illness and infanticide linked to canals for inclusion in an ‘audio walk’. The roots of the Olympic sport of the Pole Vault reach back many centuries when obstacles, or more commonly canals or other stretches of water, […]
  • 1995-2000 Coventry Canal Public Art Trail installed

    Coventry has a five and a half mile long outdoor art gallery alongside the canal, inspired by local history and culture, that is safe and practical. The 39 high quality works have been created by 31 different artists to a very modest budget through Government and European funding and the National Lottery. The success of […]
  • 1985 Canal Warehouses become listed Grade II

    Canal Warehouse. 1787, C19 and 1914. Brick with Welsh slate roofs. One to four storeys. Extensive frontage following Leicester Row, with four different roof heights. Dentil eaves cornice. Elevation to Leicester Row from left to right. The first section has two altered basket arched openings and a segmental arched window to ground floor. The upper […]
  • 1979 Chalkie Davies shoots iconic Specials LP covers in the basin

    A catastrophic leak further up the canal had seen the basin emptied and the canal empty itself down Harnall Lane. This provided the scene for Chalkie Davies to capture the cover images for both The Specials’ eponymous and More Specials LPs. From Chalkie Davies’ blog: “I have to thank my friend Elvis Costello for suggesting […]
  • 1971 Coventry Canal Rally

    Coventry canal basin, Bishop Street, packed to capacity on the occasion of a Canal Society rally, with the added bonus of a Morris Minor 1000 Traveller to complete the scene! cc-by-sa/2.0 – © FEG –
  • 1957 Coventry Canal Society founded  “During the rebuilding programme, after the second world war, the Coventry city council put forward a plan that surrounded a modern traffic free centre with a ring road. This new road was to be built across the canal, which unlike the old medieval city centre and cathedral had survived the blitz. Local members of […]
  • 1914 Coventry Canal Warehouse – Third warehouse built

    What we now refer to as Coventry Canal Warehouse was actually built in three separate stages between 1787 and 1914. The latter section sits to the left of the original warehouse and built on top of the existing stables which are now home to Ludic Rooms’ studios. An excellent write up of the history of […]
  • c.1820 Coventry Canal Warehouse – Second warehouses built

    What we now refer to as Coventry Canal Warehouse was actually built in three separate stages between 1787 and 1914. This second oldest section is in the darkest brick stretching up towards Bridge No 1, to the right of the existing warehouse when looking from the street. An excellent write up of the history of […]
  • 1803 Hawkesbury Junction cut

    “This is where the present (earlier planned) Oxford Canal meets the Coventry Canal at Hawkesbury Junction. The Coventry Canal (going left) leads to the south-west. However in 1771, when this section of the Oxford Canal was built, it ran another mile on to Longford, and due to the usual wrangles of the time, it ran […]
  • 1787 Coventry Canal Warehouse – First warehouses built

    What we now refer to as Coventry Canal Warehouse was actually built in three separate stages between 1787 and 1914. The oldest section sits in the centre and can be identified by its more pale orange brickwork. An excellent write up of the history of the Canal Warehouses and their adoption by the Coventry Artists […]
  • 1769-1790 Coventry Canal built

    The Coventry Canal is a 37.8 miles navigation that connects the city of Coventry to the Trent and Mersey canal to the north. It was built primarily for the transportation of coal from North Warwickshire collieries. At Hawkesbury Junction (also known as Sutton Stop) 5.5 miles cruise from the city centre Bishop Street basin, the […]