Whats Happening ?

8th August

John and Adrian make preparations to remove the western wall paddle gate. John had originally intended to burn off the bolts that hold the paddle frames to the wall but having insufficient oxygen to use with acetylene meant resorting to big hammers, cold chisels and brute force. After a great deal of hammering and the assistance of the Kubota excavator’s lifting power the gate was finally persuaded to rise and water was soon flowing through the paddle tunnel by-passing the gate cills.

This is probably the first time that water has flowed through this passage since 1871.  Work can soon now begin on repairing the cill boards and replacing the gate hinge cups.