Hello and Welcome to The H & R Barge Restoration Project
Registered Charity No.1163974
Non Profit Organisation



The main focus of the project is to support the restoration and preservation of two Ainscough barges one is Ambush, which was built in 1933 by W. J. Yarwood & Sons, the other is Viktoria, which was built in 1934 also built by W. J. Yarwood & Sons for the benefit of the public.


The project delivers education and information on the barges, the mill and the Leeds-Liverpool Canal social, industrial, and waterway heritage.

The project holds open days and delivers presentations to schools and local community groups.

If you wish to hold a presentation at a school or any local community group, please get in touch via this site, and your request will be passed to the appropriate person.

There is also a heritage room at the Old Stables, Mill Lane, Burscough. This is open to the public only on our open days.

Here you will be able to see pictures past and present of the barges and other boats, also there are period costumes and canal ware on display and also to purchase.


This year is the Leeds and Liverpool bicentennial, 200 years since the completion of the L & L when it was actually joined from end to end at Wigan Locks.


The Historic short boat Kennet is recreating the first passage ever sailed on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. Starting in Leeds on Saturday the 15th of October, Kennet and its flotilla of boats will be sailing the complete 127 1/4 miles of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.  The final event will be hosted at Eldonian Village Hall to celebrate the end of their epic journey on Sunday 23rd October 12-4pm. For further details about the complete journey and a timetable visit: http://www.llcs.org.uk 


The boats will be calling at various places along the route, one of them is at Burscough on the 22nd October ,where they will stop for half an hour for the media and the public to take pictures and do interviews.

Here you will find Canal Services which will be open from 10am to 3pm on that day, for all your boating needs i.e. Diesel, Gas, Coal and other boating items.

The heritage room will also be open to the public on that day, where you can have a look around at the pictures of the barge Viktoria who is moored outside, and the historic barge Ambush who will only be there for a short time before she carries on with the flotilla to Eldonian.

There will be refreshments available tea, coffee, biscuits & cake for a small donation to the charity.