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Foundations laid on heritage canal project

Canal foundations

Volunteers working to restore a section of the Grantham Canal are preparing to pour more than 100t of concrete to form new foundations for a derelict lock on the route

The Grantham Canal Society secured a £830,500 Heritage Lottery Fund grant to restore this and another lock on the route, which were designed and built over 200 years ago by renowned canal engineer William Jessop.

Work started on the structure early last year with volunteers carefully demolishing the structure so that materials could be salvaged and reused. The concrete foundations and retaining walls will be faced with a traditional brick finish.

“This is a real milestone in the efforts to restore this historic lock and will help to ensure that the lock stands proudly for another 200 years,” said Canal and Rivers Trust project manager Karen Rice.

“The Grantham Canal Society volunteers have done a magnificent job, carefully dismantling the lock so that we can begin the important job of rebuilding it. Once the foundations are in place then the focus will be on rebuilding the walls and we’re really keen to hear from local bricklayers who would like to get involved and give some of their time.

“It’s a great opportunity to follow in the footsteps of William Jessop and the fruits of your labour will be on show for centuries to come.”

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