Come along to Seend Lock Open Day.
Come and learn about the history at the heart of the Kennet and Avon Canal. Perfect day out for Mum ahead of celebrating Mothering Sunday the next day! See archive footage of the lock and canal and how it has changed over time and try your hand at the traditional skill of lime mortaring.
The Lock is very close to The Barge Inn, Seend Cleeve, Melksham, Wiltshire SN12 6QB. There will be parking available in the field next to the lock.
One of the Kennet & Avon Canal’s construction teams will be undertaking major works at Seend Lock 18 for six weeks. The work will involve replacing both sets of gates and balance beams, which have reached the end of their working life. To enable these works the lock will be drained and cleared of silt.
While the gate replacement is underway, other repairs to brickwork and lock gears will be carried out. Each of the larger gates weigh almost three tonnes and therefore a 60 tonne crane will be on site along with other major equipment used for pumping out a quarter of a million litres.