Speaker: Roger Butler
2 February 2021

This lecture examines the unique buildings and structures associated with the UK’s canal network with a vast array of distinctive designs, landmark features and unusual artefacts. Only the National Trust and the Church of England have more listed structures than our canals. 

Look out for lock flights and lighthouses; cottages and clock towers; warehouses and lots of whimsical architecture – our canals delight the eye and refresh the spirit. 

This lectureis tailored to include local and regional examples which reflect the unique distinctiveness of our inland waterways.


Roger is a landscape architect and a writer, photographer and lecturer. He has a particular interest in the unique history, architecture and traditions of our canal network and has worked on some of the UK’s major canal restoration projects. He has also acted as a consultant to bodies such as Waterways Ireland, Natural England and the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.

Roger regularly contributes to waterway and heritage magazines and writes and provides images for a range of countryside and outdoor titles. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society and a Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute.