Ulverston grew up as a centre for leather, copper and iron ore.
In December 1796, England’s deepest, widest and straightest canal in the UK was opened for business.
Its length is entirely straight and on a single level.
The canal was completed in order to provide the town with a waterway and port.
It is situated one and a half miles from the coast.
At 15 feet (4.6 m) deep and 66 feet (20 m) wide, it was intended to take very large deep-water ships.
On the first day, 4 vessels including 2 brigs from London and a sloop carrying coal came up the canal and docked in the basin.
The Ulverston Canal was once the starting-point for steamers to Liverpool, passenger ships to Scotland and London.
Cargoes included local slate, bobbins, Coniston copper and gunpowder shipped to coastal towns around Britain.
Unfortunately the arrival of the Furness Railway in the mid-1840s scuppered the canal’s long-term profitability.
The canal was closed down for good in the early 20th-century.
Today the canal still plays a role in the day to day life of the town; the towpath is a popular place to go for a stroll.