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On this page, the old canal company boardroom in the Navigation Yard, the Old Cut, Stennard Island and the junction with the disused Barnsley Canal.

Click to enlargeJust to the north of the River Calder there used to be another navigation cut - the Aire & Calder "Old Cut", dating from around 1702. The canal company's yard was located there, as well as the company's board room. The building, thankfully, still survives and is now used for other purposes; the remains of the cut are still visible between the Navigation Yard and Stennard Island. Apart from the older buildings, the area contains industrial buildings and is looking somewhat run down. The Aire and Calder Navigation Head Office was moved to Leeds in 1851.

Nowadays, the Fall Ings Cut (part of the Calder & Hebble Navigation) provides the link, via Fall Ings Lock, with the Aire & Calder Navigation to the east of the city.*


Click to enlargeThis section of the 1890 Ordnance Survey map shows the area around Wakefield Bridge. The modern Waterfront Development is located between the Fall Ings Cut and the bridge.

The area between the river and the railway station is known as Calder Vale. It was an industrial then, and still is today. The long stretch of land between the river and the Old Cut is Stennard Island.

Click to enlargeThe Navigation Yard.
[18 Aug 2011]
Click to enlargeThe remains of the old Aire & Calder cut near Wakefield Bridge. Stennard Island is on the right with Navigation Yard on the left.
[18 Aug 2011]
Click to enlargeThe Navigation Yard and site of the Old Cut by Stennard Island, Kirkgate.
[08 Dec 2009]
Click to enlargeThe overgrown remains of the old cut at Kirkgate near Wakefield Bridge.
[18 Aug 2011]
Click to enlargeDownstream from Wakefield. The remains of the lock at the junction of the Aire & Calder Navigation and the Barnsley Canal. Click to enlargeFall Ings Lock, where the Calder & Hebble Navigation and the River Calder (Aire & Calder Navigation) meet. Looking downstream along the Aire & Calder.
Click to enlargeAnother beautiful spot on the River Calder near the old Barnsley Canal junction (looking downstream). On the south bank (right) the route of the long-gone Barnsley Canal passes through the site of the demolished Wakefield Power Station. The old power station area away from the river is a lonely and desolate place and probably best avoided at night, judging by some of the detritus visible during the day. Click to enlargeNear the Barnsley Canal - upstream towards Wakefield. The beauty of the river in this area does not extend far beyond the banks, but it is a pleasant walk during the day.
Click to enlargeRiver Calder on a pretty decent day in August - in the distance one of the new buildings on the waterfront near Wakefield Bridge, and, before that, Fall Ings Lock on the left. Click to enlargeIn the distance, a narrowboat heads upstream towards Fall Ings Lock to join the Calder and Hebble Navigation.
Click to enlarge.The remains of the Barnsley Canal’s Lock 1 at its junction with the River Calder (Aire & Calder Navigation).
Click to enlargeRiver Calder railway bridge near Broadreach Lock.
Click to enlarge.A Metro train crossing the River Calder near Broadreach Lock. Viewed from the Wakefield Eastern Relief Road.
Click to enlarge.The River Calder Railway Bridge, and, to the right, the new Eastmoor Railway Bridge across the Wakefield Eastern Relief Road (A6194).
  * Sources include John Goodchild
The Aire & Calder Navigation

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Read more about Wakefield's canals
in Wakefield Canal Trail by John Goodchild, Wakefield Historical Publications.
(ISBN 0-901869-22-8).

The Aire and Calder Navigation, Peter L. Smith
The Aire and Calder Navigation.
Peter L. Smith
Wakefield Historical Publications
ISBN 0-901869-27-9

The Canal & River Sections of the Aire and Calder Navigation, Mike Taylor
The Canal & River Sections of the Aire and Calder Navigation.
Mike Taylor
Wharncliffe Books
ISBN 1-903425-37-9

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