Shardlow Heritage Centre

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Visit Shardlow and its Heritage Centre for a fascinating insight into this 18th century canal transhipment port. Follow the village trail, on sale at the Heritage Centre!

Venue Type:

Museum, Industrial heritage site, Ship or maritime heritage site

Opening hours

Easter - End of October:
Saturdays, Sundays & Bank Holidays 12.00-17.00
Other times by appointment.

Admission charges

Free Parking, Admission 75 pence
Accompanied children free
Evening and/or group visits by arrangement.

Additional info

The Centre is accessible for the disabled and so is the Clock Warehouse.

The Centre has a small sales area where visitors can purchase reproductions of Edwardian photographs of the village, modern postcards and other local souvenirs, and of course the village trail (25p) - a leaflet describing the interesting features and buildings as you walk round the canal port.

The Centre is housed in the earliest of the canal warehouses and can be found by following the signs to Shardlow from the A50 between Junction 24 of the M1 and Derby. Once in the village look for the Clock Warehouse family pub, a Mansfield Brewery house. The Centre shares its car park, and is in the Warehouse that lies between the canal and the road. The entrance is on the canal wharf that is accessed from the Clock Warehouse carpark.

New for 2003 - Dickinson's Nurseries, Early Transport, Toys & Teddies - children of the village.

Also, large poster display panels tell the story of St James Church, Wilne Chapel, the village carnival, the House of Industry, the village schools, the tramway, the Ropery and the Henshall family, and a case study of a site on Aston Lane.

There is a full size replica of a narrowboat back cabin which has been named Swift after one of the Shardlow Boat Company's craft. This displays signwriting by Tony Lewery, roses and castles by Jan Deuchar and water cans lent by the family of Ike Argent.

Children visiting can now dress in costume. A grant from the Co-op has enabled the Centre to commission clothes of the Edwardian period of canal boating. Elasticated to fit various sizes of small people they can give our younger visitors the feel of life in long skirts or granddad shirts and ‘weskits’.

In the exhibition cases and displayed around the walls are items related to rural crafts and industries including blacksmiths and cobblers tools, farming implements, bottles from local breweries, and material relating to the Aston to Shardlow tramway.

A video presentation provides an introduction to the historical port and the present day village.

Collection details

Archives, Costume and Textiles, Inland Waterways, Land Transport, Maritime, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • Narrowboat history
  • Canals
  • Roses and castles
  • Toys
  • Costume
  • Farming
  • Blacksmithing
  • Tramway

Shardlow Heritage Centre
London Wharf
London Road
DE72 2GA



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