Locking in a piece of history...

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LOCK gates on the Glasson line of the Lancaster Canal have been replaced as part of a £70,000 makeover by British Waterways.

The works, which lasted three weeks, involved the removal of the 25-year-old gates and a replacement of new, hand crafted gates, as well as two new landing stages on the canal towpath.

The lock is situated next to the Mill Inn, in Thurnham Mill Lane, Conder Green, and engineers had to drain the canal at this point, and run lengths of tracking by the canal to allow access for heavy machinery.

Debbie Lumb, waterway manager for British Waterways North West region, said: “The Lancaster Canal is mainly a lock free canal apart from the Glasson branch, so it’s important that we keep it in good working order.

See the Lancaster Guardian (25-03-11) for full story.