Montgomery Canal Restoration Archive
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Pryces to Crickheath, Bridges 84 - 85 : June 2014 to date
The next stretch to be re-watered, this time nearer 800 metres and so about a fifth of the dry section that seperates the national network from the isolated water. Crickheath is the first winding-hole south of Gronwen, so will allow navigation to be extended from Bridge 82 to Bridge 85.
Redwith, Bridges 83 - 84 : March 2008 - June 2014
Redwith started as another wall-building project, 500 metres this time, but turned into a major exercise to re-water the next 430 metres of canal. Hundreds of tonnes of earth removed, stone and mortar added and over 40,000 concrete blocks placed by hand later ...
Crickheath Wharf : 2006 - November 2007
Crickheath Wharf once received limestone by mineral tramway from Porth-y-Waen Quarry, near Llynclys. We rebuilt the wharf wall and constructed a new visitor mooring, both on the offside to the north of the bridge.
Newhouse Lock : 2002 - June 2006
Newhouse Lock was the last lock needing restoration on the BW-owned length of the canal.
Winner of Welsh Project of the Year - Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Awards 2007.
Brynderwen Lock : Autumn 1998 - Summer 2002
This project required repairs to damaged lock walls as well as work on the spill weir and approach walls.
British Waterways then replaced the lock gates.
Burgedin Locks and Pound : Spring 1987 - Summer 1998
Burgedin started as the routine work of repairing the lock walls and surrounding superstructure. The pound proved to be a major problem with three different methods used to, eventually, avoid leakage. There were also extensive improvements to the spill weir and towpath areas.
Carreghofa Locks and Pound : Autumn 1979 - Autumn 1986
The first of the major restorations involved work on the 2 locks and the pound as well as two spill weirs and connecting channels. This required a complete rebuild of most of the structures as well as the feeder arm from the River Tanat. The locks had leaked persistently and dangerously and it was to take 8 years to remedy the numerous problems. Other work included the refurbishment of the Toll House, as well as towpath and surrounding infrastructure improvements.
Tony Clayton's Canal Photos website shows pictures taken on the Montgomery Canal from 1974 until 1986, including some of restoration work parties.
Pool Quay, Bank and Crowther Hall Locks : 1974 - 1979
All 3 locks required pumping out and cleaning as well as remedial work to the lock walls and surrounding infrastructure and replacement of the lock gates. Maintenance work was also continued on the towpaths in the vicinity.
Welshpool Town Lock : 1970 - 1974
Following the Big Dig, the Society was initially involved with extensive towpath clearance on different sections of the canal and, with the newly formed Waterways Recovery Group, restoring the lock within the town.
Welshpool Big Dig : October 1969
The first major restoration work on the Montgomery Canal was when over 200 volunteers converged on Welshpool for one weekend to help clear the canal channel. This followed plans to build a by-pass through the town on the line of the canal.
This one event, which became known as the Welshpool Big Dig, did more than any other to highlight the plight of the canal and helped create interest from outside national bodies in its restoration - never mind in its very existence.
Please see also the Montgomery Restoration History article