Eanam Wharf (Warehouse and River Front)
Blackburn Lancashire


Eanam Wharf 

Is the central hub for the building of the Leeds Liverpool Canal and in 2016 shares its bicentennial.
Eanam Wharf on the eastern fringes of Blackburn Town Centre and on the
northern banks the Leeds-Liverpool Canal.

Eanam is one of the first areas to develop as an industrial zone after the opening of the canal in 1810 in Blackburn and this is reflected in the groupings of early nineteenth century warehouses and ancillary buildings. 

The buildings form distinctive clusters set round setted courts, and Eanam Old Road which is a narrow internal street that retains its original setts on part of its length. 

Eanam Wharf is a distinctive example of early canal architecture comprising two three storey stone built warehouses and ancillary buildings. The canal eventually reached Blackburn in 1810 some 40 years after it had been authorised. The final stretch from Blackburn to Whittle le Woods was finished in October 1816 completing the longest canal in the Country. 

As well as coal traffic, the canal ideally suited for the transporting of bulk commodities brought raw cotton from Liverpool docks and took away finished cloth. The site also includes a convicts cellar that held convicted criminals before they were sent by barge to Liverpool docks and then by tall ship to their new lives in Australia. 

The buildings were renovated for their current use as offices, a public house and art studios in 1992 and we have been tenants here since 1998.  We have organised Blackburn Canal Festival for two years and last September DAPA adopted a mile stretch of the Leeds Liverpool Canal and the site at Eanam Wharf. 

Over the last twelve months the current owners of Eanam Wharf are disposing of the site, this has come as a great shock especially since 2016 is the site and the final stretch of the Leeds Liverpool Canals from Blackburn to Whittle-Le-Woods 200th Birthday.

Eanam Wharf Ltd and Eanam Wharf Experience Trust are being formed to purchase the site and to create a tourist attraction to share  the heritage and create a safe environment for all the members of the community to use.

The Trust will be responsible for the day to day running of the site including creating a fully inclusive, diverse, multicultural, multifaith experience, by developing, Family Fun Days, Festivals, Canal Activity Hub, Welcome Station, Community Cafe, Heritage Centre, Art and Heritage Trail, Exhibition Rooms, Training Education Centre, Performance space, Displays, Social gatherings, Workshops and Meeting Facilities.

For more information regarding any of the above items, if you would like to become a sponsor, trustee, volunteer or creative user of the site please do not hesitate to contact Graham Vernon at the address below.

Eanam Wharf Create Commemorate Celebrate.

Supporters of Eanam Wharf
  • DAPA

    DAPA Dance and Performing are proud adoptees of Eanam wharf and a stretch of the Leeds Liverpool Arts for all ages and abilities. 

  • Blackburn Business Development Centre

    Blackburn with Darwen Business Development Centre for conferences or office units for small business in Blackburn with Darwen.

  • CRT

    CRT Canal & Rivers Trust

Blackburn Canal Festival
Blackburn Canal Festival 2016 was one of the first huge events Eanam Wharf has hosted since the original opening of the Leeds Liverpool Canal on the 19th October 1816 when we had over 25000 people at Eanam.

Blackburn Canal Festival and the canalfestival brand are creating the biggest Canal Festivals throughout Lancashire and Yorkshire and boast to be a family fun packed weekend complimenting the heritage and beauty that our ancestors left us to safeguard.

Eanam Wharf needs your help along with all the activities at Eanam we would rather have your time than your hard earned cash but would never refuse a donation!

Together we can #Create #Commemorate and #Celebrate the place that developed Blackburn and the surrounding towns.

Eanam Wharf The Wharf Studios Eanam Wharf Blackburn BB1 5BY 01254 699221 eanamwharf@dapa.info
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