Montgomery Canal Restoration Archive - Brynderwen Lock
1998 to 2002
Brynderwen was the ninth lock within Wales to be tackled by the Society. It is situated adjacent to the busy A483 and close to the old and impressive road bridge to Abermule, and has an historic and listed Warehouse by the head of the lock.
This was a time when the old methods of restoration where still in use. Following the pump out of the lock, the 4 foot of silt was removed by hand and a dam was built above the lock stop planks.
Remedial work included repointing the lock chamber brickwork, a complete rebuild of the brick spill weir and replacing 6 feet of towpath stone wall above the lock.
As so often happens with our work, the initial survey was unable to explore all the possible faults and, on further investigation, it was decided that a fair amount of the forebay and lock wall brickwork needed replacing to stabilise the whole structure.
Due to its closeness to the lock, Abermule Road Bridge had a considerable amount of brickwork repointing done. New lock gates were installed by British Waterways in July 2001 and were painted by the Society. Work parties were limited towards the end of the project as Foot and Mouth restrictions came into force.
Mention must also be made of the late Frank Jones of Brynderwen Lock house who had, over a number of years, made a considerable practical and financial investment into the lock and the surrounding area of the Montgomery Canal.