Pete's Montgomery Canal Photo-site.
Frankton to the River Perry (section 1).
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Frankton Top Lock  
   Looking towards the old toll office and the junction with the Llangollen Canal. Waiting boats can just be seen past the top gate. The whole area is well maintained.
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Frankton Staircase Locks
   Viewed from the middle lock, past the lock keepers cottage. The lock keeper responsible for looking after the area is a holder of the Lock Keeper of the Year award.
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Below Frankton Middle Lock
   Is the site of the dry dock where "Cressy", the narrow boat featured in "NARROW BOAT" by the late L.T.C. ROLT , the publication of which fired the enthusiasm which was later to produce the birth of the INLAND WATERWAYS ASSOCIATION. The stone slabs on which the boats used to rest whilst in the dock can clearly be seen in the photo. The old dock now forms part of a well kept Private Garden but is easily viewed from the canal towpath and lock area.
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Frankton Dry Dock.
    Another view of the old dry dock, this time showing the site of its entrance (which is marked by a post). The stone slabs on which the boats used to rest are a prominent feature of this very attractive garden.
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Leaving Frankton Bottom Lock
As seen from the stern of a narrow heading towards Lock Gate Bridge.
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The Weston Arm as seen from under Lock Gate Bridge.
The old stable block, now utilised as a sanitary station, is seen to the right of the canal. Short term moorings for the use of visitors are available at this point. There is also a convenient car park adjacent to the moorings also for the use of visitors .
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The overflow on the approach to the new Graham Palmer Lock
    Is easily seen on the off side between the , now well established, herbage lining the banks on both sides of the canal.
    This was near to the site of the 1936 breach. The sum of £400 could not be found by the canals owners (the London, Midland and Scottish Railway Company) to repair what, at the time, was a small breach on the off side.
  Failure to repair the breach led to the 1944 legal abandonment of the canal. (But, of course, now re-opened)
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The Graham Palmer Lock.
    Named after the late Graham Palmer, a founder of the Waterways Recovery Group and an inexhaustible enthusiast of the Montgomery Canal restoration work.
A commemoration stone dedicated to his memory is sited adjacent to the lock.
     The lock itself is very shallow and was constructed to during the restoration to compensate for changes to the ground levels that had occurred in the peaty ground since the canals original construction some 200 years before.
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This photo shows the new winding point that was constructed on the approach to the Perry Aqueduct.
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The new Perry Aqueduct.
     Constructed of steel trough sections spanning the River Perry at the site of the old stone built aqueduct which had been demolished, most of the stone having being removed from the site. The trough is supported at both ends on deep piled concrete supports.
     The towpath seen here has visitor moorings on the approach to enable visitors to disembark and examine the aqueducts construction.
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A side view of the New Perry Aqueduct
    A substantial structure, seen here spanning the River Perry.

If you would like to see the see the approach to the Aqueduct prior to the restoration.
CLICK HERE.
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 Leaving the Perry Aqueduct   (seen in the distance) we pass between tree lined banks.
       The banks are of gabion basket construction. Sections of hollow concrete blocks
 filled with compost protect the, now well established, reeds and water plants lining the
banks which once more giving the area a 'natural' look.
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