Journey to the bottom of Thames Lock
We're about to start our winter maintenance programme and we thought we'd like to share the experience with you...
You are invited to visit the bottom of the empty lock on the weekend of 26 and 27 November between 11am and 3pm to tour the drained lock chamber in the company of our expert staff and volunteers.
Our Maintenance Team is draining Thames Lock during November to allow the bottom set of lock gates to be replaced. Navigations Foreman, Steve Stewart, says: "This is a great opportunity to experience this fantastic piece of engineering from a very different perspective. Lock gates usually last between 20 and 30 years so the opportunity to visit the bottom of an empty the lock is a rare and very special event. The bottom set of gates are 20 years old and leaking badly so they need to be replaced."
Navigations Manager, John Gibson, says public support for the National Trust and the work it undertakes looking after special places for everyone forever is vital to the future of this unique waterway. This free family event at Thames Lock will provide an opportunity to hear more about the work of the Trust along the navigations, what it costs and how people can help to support and look after this special place in the future.
Steve, John, navigations staff and volunteers will be on hand to talk about their work looking after the waterway and to answer any questions. To access the bottom of the lock chamber you must be able to use stairs. It is winter so please come suitably dressed for the weather conditions. Free refreshment – tea/coffee/biscuits will be provided in Thames Lock Stable next to Thames Lock. The interpretation panels in the stable have recently been refreshed, so come along and learn all about this amazing seventeenth-century work of wonder.
The event is expected to be popular and although you do not need to book in advance entry to the bottom of the lock may be limited so places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.