New gates for Grantham Canal Lock

Lock 15 Lock 15 on the Grantham Canal has been restored by a team of volunteers
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A formerly derelict lock on the Grantham Canal has received its first lock gates for nearly 60 years after volunteers spent three years bringing it back to life.

The Canal & River Trust, Grantham Canal Society (GCS) and the Waterway Recovery Group have joined forces to restore lock 15 near Stenwith as part of a project, which has been awarded a £830,500 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), to bring locks 14 and 15 back into use.

Karen Rice, project manager for the Canal & River Trust, said; “This is a huge milestone in the canal’s long history, bringing it back into working use for the first time in over 80 years.”

Intricate operation

The project team craned four new oak lock gates into position. Each of the bottom gates weighs 1.5t, while the top gates weigh 3.4t each.

Since summer 2015, the lock has been taken apart, piece by piece, after its walls moved and crumbled allowing the whole structure to lean inwards. The volunteers have laid new foundations, completely rebuilt the lock walls and created new lock moorings on the canal, originally opened in 1797.

Now the team has finished off the job by lifting the giant gates, which have been made by hand at the Trust’s workshop at Stanley Ferry near Wakefield, into position.

Restoration efforts will next be turned to Lock 14 and later Locks 12 and 13. The volunteers will then focus on the lifting of bridges on the canal.

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