New Haw Lock - Overview

Situated on the River Wey near Weybridge in Surrey, New Haw Lock is managed by the National Trust. It was important to the Trust that the work of making the new lock gates, carried out by Hargreaves Lock Gates, employed traditional materials and techniques to ensure a like for like replacement.

Hargreaves visited the site to measure up the existing gates before manufacturing a new set of mitred head gates in English oak. The client wanted to employ the traditional technique of “sweating” the collars to accept the timbers. This involves heating the iron collars to expand and fitting the timbers so that when the collars cool and shrink the timbers are set tight. They also wanted the name of the lock hand carved into the lock gate itself, a service we duly obliged them with. The new gates were then transported to the site, where the National Trust installed them.