New lock gates installed on Grantham Canal at Woolsthorpe

Volunteers with one of the new lock gates before it was put into position at Lock 18 at Woolsthorpe.
Volunteers with one of the new lock gates before it was put into position at Lock 18 at Woolsthorpe.
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An important part of the resoration of Grantham Canal has taken place with the installation of new lock gates at Woolsthorpe.

Work on replacing the lower gates at Lock 18 has been completed, ensuring that the navigable stretch of the canal from the other locks at Woolsthorpe can be used. The Grantham Canal Society raised more than £30,000 for the new gates.

Society chairman Mike Stone said: “This has been an amazing achievement and support has come from the many people and organisations that responded to our appeal.

“The importance of this cooperation and support for the project cannot be overstated. Without it the society would have struggled to complete this phase of restoration of the canal.

“The society’s work has ensured that the navigable stretch of the Grantham canal from the A1 to Woolsthorpe can be further extended and the other locks at Woolsthorpe can be used.”

Volunteers are pictured above with one of the 2.5 ton lock gates before it was put into position. A cheque for £2,000 was also presented at the time by chairman of the Lincolnshire branch of the Inland Waterways Association, Dave Carnell.

This bank holiday weekend, the society is operating its day trip boat on Sunday and Monday (August 25 and 26). The boat will leave from Harlaxton Wharf between 11am and 4pm (adults £2 and children £1) .