Visitors to Ulverston Canal will now be able to discover more about its history and heritage thanks to a series of specially designed totems, which are being installed along the towpath.

The pieces – designed by Chris and fabricated here at our workshop in Ulverston  – form part of an ongoing development and improvement programme led by the Canal Regeneration Group. 

The installation marks the final stage in the latest phase of development that has already seen several walkways and pathways enhanced to improve visitor access to this popular site.  The totems are being fitted week of 31st October.

Five vertical interpretation totems – manufactured in Weathering Steel - will be installed, each designed to celebrate and bring to life the history and heritage of the canal.  The entrance totem standing 3 metres tall, maps out the canal dimensions and its main historical features.

 Ulverston Canal Totem

 Image shows (Left) Jayne Kendall (Ulverston Town Council) and Colin Smith (Ulverston Canal Regeneration Group) admiring Ulverston Canal entrance totem prior to installation.


Artist and designer Chris Brammall comments, “The totems are designed to educate and inspire visitors to the canal about its fascinating history and heritage such as the ironwork, ship building and trade.  As with all our projects, these pieces have been designed to be site specific and we hope that visitors enjoy discovering more about the canal and are inspired to learn more about its past.  With the support of the Regeneration Group - who work tirelessly to make Ulverston Canal a nicer environment for everyone to enjoy - we have been able to create something very special.”

Colin Smith Chairman of the Canal Regeneration Group Comments, “The installation of the five interpretation totems marks a significant milestone in the redevelopment of the canal.  As a group, we are dedicated to enhancing and improving Britain’s straightest canal to make it even more enjoyable for locals and visitors and we can’t wait to share this latest development with everyone.”

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