Pete’s  Montgomery Canal Photo-Site

 

Frankton to the River Perry (Section 1) (Navigable)

 

This section is the first section of what is now known as the Montgomery Canal and covers the canal from its junction with the Llangollen Canal at Lower Frankton to where it crosses the River Perry. It includes a short section of the Weston Arm.

 

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At the top of Frankton Locks where the Montgomery meets the Llangollen Canal,

 

On the off-side you will find this milepost telling us that we are now 35 miles from Newtown.

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Frankton Top Lock  

 

    Looking towards the old toll office near the junction with the Llangollen Canal.

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Frankton Staircase Locks

 

   Viewed from near the Old Canal Tavern.

 

The lock keeper responsible for looking after the area is a holder of the Lock Keeper of the Year award.

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Frankton Staircase Locks

 

   Viewed from the top of the middle lock, near to the lock keepers cottage.

 

The building seen to the left was the Old Canal Tavern.

 

The building on the right was a stable block.

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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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This Plaque is to be found mounted on the wall at the bottom of the Middle Lock.

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Looking back from the top of the bottom lock at Frankton.

 

The site of the dry dock is to the right of the middle lock seen in the distance, past the boat builders cottage.

 

The plaque shown in the previous photo is mounted by the steps to the left of the lock gates.

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Frankton Bottom Lock looking from the direction of Lock Gate Bridge.

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The Weston Arm as seen from the direction of  Lock Gate Bridge.

 

Frankton locks are along the canal to the left.

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The Weston Arm seen after the canal was re-opened.

 

The old stable block building seen to the right is now the new sanitary station.

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The Weston Arm.

 

After passing the old stable block,a footbridge crosses over the canal.

 

This forms the limit of navigation as the arm is now utilised as an off-line nature reserve.

 

You can walk round this area.

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The far end of the nature reserve.

 

Is crossed by an overgrown ditch.

 

Beyond this, you can just see the dry profile of the old canal that used to go as far as Weston Lullingfields as  it headed towards its projected destination of  Shrewsbury (never completed).

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