Volunteers to Help Restore Lady Capel’s Bridge on the Grand Union Canal

Issue date: 17th July 2013 

Lady Capel’s Bridge (Number 163) on the Grand Union Canal is a Grade 2 listed bridge desperately in need of repairs and repainting. Staff from Canal & River Trust recently removed damaged paintwork and prepared the site for Waterway Recovery Group volunteers to come along and restore the bridge back to its former glory. Work will include repointing and repairing damaged brickwork as well as repainting the bridge in a white, breathable paint.

Jenny Black from Waterway Recovery Group said, "We are really pleased that we can help restore this iconic bridge in Watford as part of the Waterways Festival celebration of the Grand Union Canal.  This is the second time we have worked with the Canal & River Trust on a bridge restoration and this is a great project to demonstrate the work we do as a volunteer organisation."

A work party took place on Saturday 13th July and another work party will be happening over the weekend of the Waterways Festival, Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July. The work parties involve a team of 5 to15 volunteers working at any one time, all of whom are skilled in heritage restoration and bricklaying. Members of the public are invited to come along during this time to find out more about the works, chat to volunteers from WRG and staff from Canal & River Trust and learn more about the history of this bridge.

Public Open Days
What: Come along to Lady Capel's Bridge on Friday 19th, Saturday 20th, and Sunday 21st July to find out more about these heritage works.
Where: Bridge 163, Grand Union Canal, off Hempstead Road, Watford.
Times: Come along anytime between 11am and 3pm each day.
For more information and directions please contact Jenny Black jenny.black@waterways.org.uk or call 01494 783 453 ext 604.