IWA's Waterway Recovery Group at Inglesham Lock03 October 2016
This summer has seen a huge move forward in the restoration of Inglesham Lock on the Cotswolds Canals. The project, funded from an IWA Appeal in 2010, has taken several years to get up and running, but thanks for a huge effort by volunteers in September 2015 the chamber was cleared of tonnes of rubbish, finally allowing for access into the lock chamber.
In the summer of 2016 WRG volunteers have spent over 4000 hours working at Inglesham Lock. Volunteers have repointed and repaired damaged brickwork below the waterline and installed scaffolding to allow safe access to the higher levels of the lock chamber walls. The WRG excavator was then used to all the remove coping stones, allowing for sections of the lock chamber to be taken down to sound brickwork. In September IWA's Honorary Consultant Engineer, Roy Sutton, and a team of volunteers visited the site to install profile boards so that rebuilding work could start using bricks and concrete blocks. Significant steps have now been taken to rebuild a section of the south wall. See photos of the work.
WRG will be returning to the site next year, with lots of canal camps and rebuilding work planned. Dates for 2017 Canal Camps will be released in December.