Canals in the Ballroom

It was a full house for the May edition of the social gathering ‘In the Ballroom’ when canal expert Trevor Langley gave a fascinating illustrated talk about our local canals. 

Trevor has lived all his life close to Warwick’s canals, and knows their history in astonishing detail.  He urged his audience of more than 60 people to visit some of the notable landmarks, such as the Shrewley Tunnel opened in 1799, the Edstone Aqueduct at Bearley, (the longest in England), and the Hatton flight of locks known as ‘The Stairway to Heaven’. 

After the talk there was tea and cake served by the volunteers, and plenty of time to chat and make new friends.

‘In the Ballroom’ takes place every month in the Jury Street Court House. Usually it is on the first Thursday of the month, but the June edition will be on the second Thursday – June 14th – when guests will hear about the Warwickshire Yeomanry, the volunteer cavalry regiment which has its museum in the basement of the Court House. There will also be a quiz to stir the grey matter. 

It costs just £2 to attend In the Ballroom. There’s no need to book. Just turn up for a 2pm start; the gatherings usually end at 4pm. These monthly events are organised by Unlocking Warwick on behalf of Warwick Town Council.