History of Navigation House

Clerk Office

The construction of the Sleaford Navigation linked the town with the navigable waters of the River Witham and so with the expanding canal network. In an era when navigable waterways were at the forefront of the transport revolution and provided a way of transporting bulk goods economically for the first time, it promised (and for a time delivered) a sudden rise in Sleaford’s importance. It no longer mattered that the raw materials of industry were not to hand, because the facility to transport them and to deliver the finished product was.

To read the full history download the History of Navigation House at the bottom of this page.