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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).

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