Canal News – July 2016
9th July 2016 10:00am – 4:00pm
Smethwick: Birmingham Canal Navigations
Smethwick Lock 1 Near Brasshouse Lane B66 1BA
We’re holding a free family-friendly open day in Birmingham, where you’ll get the rare chance to walk down into the lock at Smethwick and see what they look like.
We’ll be carrying out some maintenance work at the lock so while they’re empty, come take a look and see what you learn.
Smethwick lock is in need of a new top gate and repairs will also be made to the brickwork in the lock chamber.
Our experts will be on hand to answer any questions you have and you’ll find out how we keep these 200-year-old structures in working order.
There’s no need to book. Just bring your friends and family along.
Galton Valley Pumping Station
Less that 5 minutes walk away, Galton Valley Pumping Station will also be holding an open day.
This pumped between the new and old Wolverhampton Levels and housed a pair of steam engine driven centrifugal pumps. It replaced nearby beam pumps, including the 1779 Boulton & Watt engine now at Thinktank. It is now part of Galton Valley Canal Heritage Centre and houses a preserved steam pump from Wallsend.
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