Bradley Workshop

photo of our boats packing the basinphoto of gate paddle under construction


photo of gate with paddle gear attachedphoto of 'flat-pack' gate

The CRT Bradley workshops are at the current end of navigation of the 'Bradley Arm' (what used to be the Wednesbury Oak Loop created when the original Birmingham Canal was straightened). It is one of the two remaining locations which make lock gates. There are also two drydocks in the sheds, which had rotating discs to which boats could be clamped and turned upside-down to inspection and painting. Photo 4 shows all the parts of a new gate, ready for bolting together. It looked rather like a piece of flat-pack furniture. Gate paddles are now constructed of a plastic compound which makes them easier to draw.

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