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The Canal Museum - Stoke Bruerne

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Bridge Road, National Waterways Museum, Stoke Bruerne, Towcester, Northamptonshire, NN12 7SE
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Housed on two floors of a historic corn mill, The Canal Museum provides an excellent overview of the history of Britain's canals.

Together with the audio guide that is free with museum entry, it is the key to understanding the rich waterway heritage of Stoke Bruerne and the Grand Union Canal.

Follow the story of Britain’s canals from the great engineers and navvies who created them, to the boat families and lock keepers who lived and worked on them.

You'll find models of working boats, traditional clothing, canal crafts, a re-creation of a boat builder’s workshop, beautiful old signs and more.

Stoke Bruerne holds examples of painted ware and other canal crafts, canal-side signs, traditional clothing, and specialist tools. Many of the objects in our collection are designated of national importance.

There is a fine collection of models of working boats including barges, narrow boats, tugs and butties. Models include one of a short-lived inclined lift at nearby Foxton, and another of the remarkable Claverton Pumping Station.

Outside the museum on the canal you can see narrowboat ‘Sculptor’, a craft which is one of the thousand or so listed on the UK's National Historic Boat Register.

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