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The Sack House

Purchased by the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust in 2012 this small building stands at what was the entrance way to the Wantage canal wharf is now open as a museum and canal information centre. It contains displays on the history of the canal, wharf and the building itself as well as putting it in context of the other associated industrial archaeology ie the Wantage Tramway and the Town Mill. There are a few canal related artefacts to view.

The building itself was a weighbridge, coal merchants and a place where traders could hire sacks to send their produce around the SW of England. The enamel sign on the front is from the sack hiring company.

We are open from 10am to 2pm on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays and Saturdays of each month and occasional special occasions. Entrance is free but donations welcomed for the upkeep and running costs of the museum.

See also information on the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust’s website

Wilts & Berks Canal Trust – SACKHOUSE

Brian Stovold

The Sack House, Wantage