Hargreaves install first new lock gates for a century in Cotswold Canals' restoration

05-Oct-11

Hargreaves Lock Gates (HGL) installed the first new lock gates to the Cotswold Canals Projects at Ryeford Double Lock, near Stonehouse Gloucestershire. We were called in to carry out the authentic recreation of 200-year-old lock gates on an historic stretch of the Cotswold Canals.
 
Six of the mammoth gates, weighing up to 2.25 tonnes and measuring up to 20 feet (6m) by 10 feet (3.25m) were hoisted into position and this is the first time that new gates have been hung at the lock for over 100 years.
 
The giant gates have been made from oak, and were delivered into storage about a year ago.They have since been wrapped in hessian sacking and watered every week to prevent them drying out and shrinking.
The gates were lifted into position by a giant long reach crane. Subsequently we attached the enormous balance beams, each measuring 22 feet (7m) long.
 
The 37 mile Cotswold Canals was once linked with the River Thames and when completed, this two-and-a half-year rolling project will reconnect the Thames and Severn rivers for the first time in 70 years.
 
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One of the six mammoth gates, weighing up to 2.25 tonnes and measuring up to 20 feet (6m) by 10 feet (3.25m) being hoisted into position by a giant long reach crane. This is the first time that new gates have been hung at the lock for over 100 years.