Your host Christine would like to extend a warm welcome to the Bridge Inn where you can enjoy everything from a delicious cup of coffee to a three course meal. The Bridge Inn has regular entertainment including Karaoke and live music and larger events such as beer festavals, arts and craft fayres and of course it is a fabulous location for a wedding.
The Bridge Inn is nestled on the Erewash canal in Derbyshire and is a great starting or finishing point for a lovely family afternoon walk or cycle. The fortunes of the Bridge Inn have always been interwoven with the history of the canal.
The Erewash Canal is a broad canal which runs just under 12 miles and has 14 locks. The first lock at Langley Bridge is actually part of the Cromford Canal. In 1776, an act was passed authorising the construction and the canal was completed in 1779.
The Erewash continued successfully transporting coal, quarry stone, bricks and metal goods until the railways began to take over around the mid 19th century.
In 1932 the canal was bought by the Grand Union, it was still a going concern and had a short revival transporting coal. During World War 2 it was used to carry bombshells from Stanton Iron Works and it was due to the iron works that the canal remained viable for so long. Nationalisation came in 1947, by then the loss of trade due to competition from other forms of transport was having a great effect and the last commercial narrowboat operation was in 1952.
In 1963 control of the canal was transferred from the British Transport Commission to the British Waterways Board, now called The Canal and River Trust. In 1968 the Erewash Canal Preservation & Development Association was formed in response to a threat by the British Waterways Board to close the canal
In the five years following the formation the ECP&DA they not only saved the canal but also restored Langley Bridge lock and the Great Northern basin and swing bridge. A £500,000 project is underway to improve a section of the Erewash Canal towpath-giving residents and visitors alike a clean and green route to Ilkeston's shops and businesses.