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  • Next Open Day: Sunday 16 February 2020 - 1:30pm to 4:30pm

How to find us:
Erewash Canal, Lock Lane, (off Longmoor Lane), Sandiacre  NG10 5LA
Please note that parking space is limited.
Pet friendly - well behaved dogs on leads welcome.

OPEN DAYS - free admission
Please note: 
Due to the historic nature of the cottages, access for disabled people is limited.

Welcome to Sandiacre Lock Cottages
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. 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.


Sunday - February 16th 1:30 to 4:30pm

Sunday - March 15th 1:30 to 4:30pm

Monday - April 13th 10:30 to 3.30pm

Sunday - April 19th 1:30 to 4:30pm

Friday - May 8th 10.30 to 3.30pm

Sunday - May 17th 1:30 to 4:30pm

Monday May 25th 10.30 to 3.30pm

Sunday - June 21st 1:30 to 4:30pm

Sunday - July 19th 1:30 to 4:30pm

Sunday - August 16th 1:30 to 4:30pm

Monday August 31st 10:30 to 3:30pm

Sunday - September 20th 1:30 to 4:30pm

Sunday - October 18th 1:30 to 4:30pm

Sunday - November 15th 1:30 to 4:30pm

Sunday’s- Dec 6th /13th /20th 10.30 to 3.30pm

Download Open Day dates for 2020

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  Email: glynstenson@hotmail.com

Brief history of the Lock cottages, which was used in the early years of the Erewash Canal Preservation and Development Association (ECPDA) as their HQ.

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.

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 
  • - the cottages and toll house

They are all 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.

© Copyright 2015 Erewash Canal Preservation & Development Association by Matt Parrott