Commissioned by the National Trust, our team of carpenters worked to renew the set of gates at Pyrford Lock on the River Wey in Surrey. As the main tributary into the River Thames, the Wey has seen centuries of use as a trade route into London. Much of the great medieval oak hammer-beam roof timbers of Westminster Hall, which were crafted at a timber-framing yard in Farnham, would have been transported along it for example.
The River Wey Navigation locks were created some 300 years ago to better serve a growing trade along this section of waterway, where horse-drawn wooden barges transporting thousands of tonnes of goods into the city would have been the common sight at these gates. A more modern traffic of canal boats and leisure craft still makes this lock a busy one, and it is hoped the lock gates we made continue to serve this much enjoyed stretch of water for many years to come.