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News article created on 23 November 2015

Go behind the scenes at Lapworth

Walk along a 200-year-old canal bed at our free open day

Volunteer showing public around base of lock on open day Lock open day volunteer

On Saturday 28 November we're inviting you to venture down into the bottom of Lock 21 on the South Stratford Canal in Lapworth and see the original 200-year-old brickwork up close.

Heritage and engineering experts will be on hand to talk about the skilled craftsmanship that goes into the maintenance of the nation’s industrial heritage. Volunteer lock keepers will also explain how they have kept a traditional canal role alive.

Five-month maintenance programme

This month we began a five-month maintenance programme costing £4.2million on the canals and rivers across the West Midlands. 

To prepare for the essential works, stretches of the canal have been drained and over 1100lbs of fish have been relocated.

Peter Mathews CMG, chair of the West Midlands waterway partnership for the Canal & River Trust in the region said: “Our open days are a fascinating showcase, which give local people the chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at some amazing craftsmanship. To walk along the bed of a 200 year old lock, see the waterway's original 18th century design and understand the scale of the work we do to care for it, is a real privilege.”

The open day at Lock 21 on the South Stratford Canal in Lapworth will be held on Saturday 28th November between 10am and 4pm, last entry into the lock is 3:30pm.

The address is Brome Hall Lane, Lapworth, Warwickshire B94 5QZ. Please wear sturdy shoes if you would like to go down into the lock