Draughtsman: Budgen, Charles
Medium: Pen and ink on paper
Depicted in blue at the top right of the plan, the Sleaford Canal was opened at the beginning of the 19th century. It was used primarily to export cereal and other agricultural produce from Sleaford and surrounding areas, and to import coal for domestic and industrial purposes. The availability of coal led to the growth of industry around Sleaford, as the numerous mills depicted near the head of the canal testify.