OPEN DAYS - free admission
Please note: Due to the historic nature of the cottages, access for disabled people is limited.
How to find us: Erewash Canal, Lock Lane, Sandiacre (off Longmoor Lane) NG10 5LA
Welcome to Sandiacre Lock Cottages
We are open to the public for you to look around on the third Sunday of each month and / or Bank Holiday Mondays throughout the year. Come along and enjoy our historic cottages built in 1779, find out who lived and worked here through the ages.
You are welcome to simply browse or one of our team will be delighted to show you round and answer any questions.
OPEN DAY DATES
Sunday - October 20th 1:30 to 4:30pm
Sunday - November 17th 1:30 to 4:30pm
Sunday - December 1st 11.00 to 3.00pm
Sunday - December 8th 11.00 to 3.00pm
Sunday - December 15th 11.00 to 3.00pm
We are also open at other times throughout the year for organised visits - schools, leisure and social groups. Days and dates are on request and admission is free.
For more details and information contact:
Glyn Stenson: M.07809 251441 or T.0115 8543306. Email: email@example.com
Brief history of the Lock cottages, now the HQ for the Erewash Canal Preservation and Development Association (ECPDA)
Upon learning in 1968 that it was planned to demolish the last lock cottages on the canal, i.e. Sandiacre lock cottages and toll house, the ECPDA committee investigated the possibility of obtaining a lease to use the cottages as Headquarters and a base for operations.
Early efforts met with little success. A planning application was refused, so an appeal was lodged. A letter written to Sir Frank Price, Chairman of British Waterways Board, obtained through his intervention, a much more helpful attitude and in 1969 the ECPDA was granted permission to use the Sandiacre cottages and toll house as their meeting rooms for one year.
Although final necessary arrangements were expected to be completed in September, the Association didn't get the keys until 1 December 1969.
In May 1986 the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest was revised to include the lock chamber and bridge on the Erewash Canal and the cottages and toll house. They are now listed as Grade 2 buildings.
In March 1991 the ECPDA was granted Planning Permission to use the Sandiacre cottages and toll house as their meeting rooms on a permanent basis. The cottages were also first opened to the public during that year.
A Canal & River Trust Heritage Assessment was carried out in 2016 and made the recommendation that the cottages retained their Grade 2 listed status and were a rare example with a very high heritage status.
Having leased the Sandiacre Lock Cottages since 1969, ECPDA purchased the buildings from Canal & River Trust in December 2017.