British Waterways replaces ancient oak lock gate on Hertford Union canal

PUBLISHED: 16:00 14 February 2012 | UPDATED: 18:20 14 February 2012

A new lock gate is hoisted into place on the Hertford Union canal at Hackney Wick

A new lock gate is hoisted into place on the Hertford Union canal at Hackney Wick

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Work is under way to improve the ageing locks on the historic Hertford Union canal in London’s East End.

The original hand-crafted oak gates at the beginning of the two-mile canal connecting the Lee Navigation with the Regent’s Canal by Victoria Park have been lifted out, to be replaced.

Dredging work continues this week with the 17ft-deep lock at Hackney Wick being emptied to carry out repairs and upgrading to the ancient mechanism which operates the lock.

The £90,000 work is due to be completed by March 2, part of British Waterways’ £50 million improvement programme started in October to replace 100 oak lock gates up and down the country to preserve the nation’s 200-year-old canal network for future generations.

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