It’s in there somewhere...
NOW THAT’S WHAT we call scaffolding... Work is pictured getting under way on a £500,000 renovation of the Grade II Listed aqueduct carrying the Peak Forest Canal over the River Tame in Ashton-under-Lyne, part of this winter’s works programme.
The work will involve extensive repairs to the three masonry arches and repointing of the stonework using traditional lime mortar.
Other work by the Canal & River Trust will include reconstructing part of the parapet which has been vandalised, and removal of weeds and shrubs. The repairs will mean a stoppage on the canal from 4 January to 24 February. Although the annual winter works mean navigation closures, thanks to another series of open days they will offer the chance to see some of the waterways’ hidden history, admire the workmanship that went into the making of the canals, and to meet the engineers keeping them working today.
This winter, people can climb down into the Marple Lock Flight on the Peak Forest Canal, walk along an 800-metre drained stretch of the Mon & Brec, or discover the history of St Pancras Lock in the centre of London.
Each open day provides the opportunity for local communities to learn about the history and heritage of their area from one of the charity’s skilled heritage advisers, engineers and other workers who attend the events and provide free tours.
Confirmed dates include Lock 72 on the Middlewich Branch of the Trent & Mersey ( 26 November); Marple Lock Flight ( 21 January); Mon & Brec near Abergavenny ( 28 January); and St Pancras Lock (4-5 February).
To find out more visit canalrivertrust.org.uk/open-days