Hilary and Adrian Wills are the present owners of Sea Lock and founder members of the Rolle Canal & Northern Devon Waterways Society. Their interest in canals began when having bought the field adjacent to their house they discovered considerable remains of the lock chamber hidden beneath a dense mantle of vegetation and silt.
Adrian spends a great deal of his time uncovering the remains and making good where he can. He freely admits that it has become something of an obsession. How far the restoration goes depends on time and, most particularly, money! Help has been forth-coming, on an occasional basis, from friends and members of the Rolle Canal Society and also from the involvement of the Waterway Recovery Group.
This organisation has now run four working camps at Sea Lock; two consecutive weeks in 2006, and two more have just been completed this year.
The amount achieved by the members of the WRG has been extraordinary and has pushed the restoration process forward dramatically. Future camps are already being planned.Although Sea Lock is held in private ownership, Hilary and Adrian are pleased to give guided tours around the site. They have already hosted a number of schools, canal societies and history groups and have been interviewed by Belinda Dixon and Michael Checker for BBC Radio Devon.