Issue date: 15th October 2012
Volunteers from IWA's Waterway Recovery Group are currently working alongside Canal & River Trust to help restore two historic accommodation bridges on the North Oxford Canal near Barby, Northamptonshire. Bridges 79 and 80, originally built in the 1770s, have slowly fallen into a state of disrepair and WRG volunteers are using their heritage restoration skills to restore these bridges back to their former glory. One of the aims of this project is to improve WRG's working relations with Canal & River Trust, and to develop a suitable framework allowing other volunteers to work on more technical projects with the Trust in the future and to demonstrate what volunteers can do.
Work started on Friday 5th October with volunteers repairing and repointing Bridge 79 and over the weekend the coping stones on Bridge 79 were reinstated. On Monday (8th October) volunteers began work on the challenging rebuild of Bridge 80 – firstly they had to remove large sections of the Bridge’s parapet as the brickwork was found to be seriously unstable. Since then, they have spent the rest of the camp rebuilding the wingwall and parapet of Bridge 80, along with cleaning out and repointing cracks on both bridges. Volunteers are concluding work on site today (Monday 15th October)
See photos of progress on North Oxford Canal Bridge repairs.