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Over many canals you will find lots of bridges as places to cross. Without these it would be very difficult to go about your daily life.
Can you imagine if there is no bridge in Newport? You'd have to walk miles around to get from one side of the village to the other. For this task I would like you to experiment and find out what is the best material to build a bridge out of.
Also think about the design of your bridge. Is a flat or an arched bridge better? The gap needs to be at least 30 cm.
Lots of locks on the canal use gears to open the gates and close them. Gears have been used for a very long time in many different industries and have had vast technological advances.
Can you research the history of different mechanisms used on canal locks and put together a poster to showcase this. You can include pictures, drawings and even models.
You can use any media which you see fit (paint, pastels, pencil etc).
As an extra challenge it would be great if you could incorporate pieces of nature which you find near the canal. For example, using wildflowers alongside painting to give your picture extra texture and depth.
Watch this movie titled "A history of the Market Weighton Canal" introduced, written and narrated by Bruce Miles, former Chairman of Market Weighton Canal Boating Society and Member of Market Weighton Town Council.
Many thanks to Bruce's family for allowing The Market Weighton Canal Trail Project to preserve this.
John N. Waudby's book, inspired by the Market Weighton Drainage Board, documents the area's 20,000-hectare (49,500-acre) low-lying expanse, tracing efforts from the 1772 Act of Parliament to create a navigable canal from Market Weighton to the River Humber. It follows the historical journey from the initial Commissioners to the modern-day Internal Drainage Board, established under the 1930 Land Drainage Act.
Discover the remarkable heritage of the River Foulness valley in East Yorkshire, UK, renowned as 'The Valley of the First Iron Masters.' Unearth a treasure trove of archaeology, spanning from the Palaeolithic era onwards. During the Iron Age, this valley housed one of Britain's earliest and most expansive prehistoric iron industries. In Roman times, it thrived as a hub of settlements, villas and pottery production.
Visit the Valley of the First Iron Masters website
Journey through the Foulness Valley's rich history, from Lower Palaeolithic hand-axes to a thriving Iron Age iron industry. This academic study was written by Dr Peter Halkon, Emeritus Fellow, University of Hull and Honorary Research Associate, Department of Archaeology, University of York
Join us to journey through time and explore the rich history of the Foulness Valley. This academic study was written by Dr Peter Halkon, Emeritus Fellow, University of Hull and Honorary Research Associate, Department of Archaeology, University of York
In the late 18th century, the Market Weighton Canal emerged during Britain's industrial revolution, bridging the gap between rural and urban life. It served as a vital trade route and simultaneously improved the local landscape...
Continue reading this academic paper written by Dr Robb Robinson, Honorary Research Fellow at Blaydes Maritime Centre and The University of Hull by downloading it below.
In this short blog, Professor Briony McDonagh explores the management of this 4500-acre wetland common over a period of several hundred years, from around 1281 - 1781.
Professor Briony McDonagh is currently Director of the Energy & Environment Institute and Professor of Environmental Humanities, University of Hull.
In this episode, Jonny and Sam are joined by Dr Robb Robinson to talk about his career and some of his ongoing projects such as the Lord Mayor's 100th Anniversary plaques, the Market Weighton Canal Trail Community project and his own maritime research of the Yorkshire Coast.
The "What Was Here" app, created by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, preserves the region's written heritage. It integrates this heritage directly onto geographical maps, offering an engaging way to explore historical records. This project serves local communities, promoting educational and recreational use for both current and future generations.
Is dedicated to safeguarding the written heritage of the East Riding of Yorkshire for present and future generations. Access the extensive and unique archives collection (dating from 1129 to present) based at the Treasure House, Beverley, East Yorkshire.
This resource is invaluable for those conducting research on the rich history of East Yorkshire.
The Victoria County History (VCH) of Yorkshire, East Riding is a comprehensive historical reference work that aims to provide a detailed account of the history, topography and society of the East Riding of Yorkshire. The VCH series is a project to create a county-by-county history of England, and it covers various aspects, including social, economic, religious and political history.
These resources are invaluable for those conducting academic research on the rich history of East Yorkshire.
The East Yorkshire Local History Society is dedicated to fostering the exploration of East Yorkshire's vibrant history. Dive into a treasure trove of publications, including both in-print and digital editions, offering captivating insights into a wide array of historical topics.
A big thank you to all National Lottery players for helping fund this wonderful project.
A big thank you to all our sponsors. Market Weighton Town Council submitted a bid on behalf of the project partners and was awarded a National Lottery Heritage Fund Grant. The East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Sancton Hill Wind Farm Community Fund, Trans Pennine Trail and local businesses have also generously provided additional funding for the project. See all our sponsors and partners.