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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 to the east of Wakefield Bridge, 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 area then, and still is today. The long stretch of land between the river and the Old Cut is Stennard Island.

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The Navigation Yard.
[August 2011]

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Fall Ings Lock, where the Calder & Hebble Navigation and the River Calder (Aire & Calder Navigation) meet. Looking downstream along the Aire & Calder.
[August 2009]

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The remains of the Barnsley Canal's Lock 1 at its junction with the River Calder (Aire & Calder Navigation).
[2017]

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The remains of the old Aire & Calder cut near Wakefield Bridge. Stennard Island is on the right with Navigation Yard on the left.
[August 2011]

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Another 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. .
[August 2009]

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River Calder railway bridge near Broadreach Lock.
[2017]

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The Navigation Yard and site of the Old Cut by Stennard Island, Kirkgate.
[December 2009]

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Near the Barnsley Canal junction lock- upstream towards Wakefield.
[August 2009]

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A West Yorkshire Metro train crossing the River Calder near Broadreach Lock. Viewed from the Wakefield Eastern Relief Road.
[2017]

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The overgrown remains of the old cut at Kirkgate near Wakefield Bridge.
[August 2011]

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Railway bridge across the River Calder. In the distance, a narrowboat heads upstream towards Fall Ings Lock to join the Calder and Hebble Navigation.
[August 2009]

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The River Calder Railway Bridge, and, to the right, the new Eastmoor Railway Bridge across the Wakefield Eastern Relief Road (A6194).
[2017]

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Downstream from Wakefield. The remains of the lock at the junction of the Aire & Calder Navigation and the Barnsley Canal.
[August 2009]

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River Calder, in the distance one of the new buildings on the waterfront near Wakefield Bridge, and, before that, Fall Ings Lock on the left.
[August 2009]


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
1987
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
2003.
Wharncliffe Books
ISBN 1-903425-37-9



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