Eanam Wharf, the heart of the Leeds Liverpool Canal, which in 1816 was completed between Blackburn and Whittle Le Woods, the finishing stretch that connected the two great northern counties of Lancashire and Yorkshire. 200 years later as we celebrate the bicentenary, the heritage site is under threat of being auctioned off by its current owners.
We have organised the Blackburn Canal Festival for the last three years and in trying to accomplish a tourist trade to the site have managed to bring over 4000 to our annual event, with our knowledge and wealth of experience of the site we wish to secure the buildings and land to become a permanent tourist attraction to the town and help to celebrate the importance Eanam Wharf played in creating Blackburn and the surrounding towns, without Eanam Wharf Blackburn would still be a Market Town and not the world famous mill town it grew to become in the early 19th century.
Our vision is to create a welcome station for the community incorporating tea room, visitors centre, heritage trail, exhibition rooms, education suite, regular boat trips, canoeing hub and a place that all the community can share.
80% of our funding has already been secured by private individuals, local authority and community bank loan however to secure the site for the next 200 years + we need further finances to safeguard the site and its heritage.
With your help we can truly accomplish saving the site for the foreseeable future and create a sharing space for tourism, business and industry as the site was originally designed for.