Canal Camps 2015
I help, a little, to restore the Stover Canal
Once again I was asked if I'd step in and lead a potentially rudderless canal camp, this time with Ben Thompson as my Assistant.
This was new and, for me, exciting territory, a dry waterway in deepest rural Devon, with lots of associated industrial archaeology. We were based at Ventiford Basin, the canal's terminus, where it met the Haytor Granite Tramroad. We worked both in and around the basin, cleaning, resetting and pointing masonry (which had originally been simply bedded in clay), as well as pulling a strange mix of rubbish from the pit that had surrounded the base of a wooden crane. We also carried out a little excavation around the tracks of the tramroad, a first for me.
Canal Camps Introduction
Mon&Brec Canal Camp 2008
Mon&Brec Canal Camp 2009
Mon&Brec Canal Camp 2011
Mon&Brec Canal Camps 2012
Mon&Brec Canal Camps 2013
Mon&Brec Canal Camp 2014
Swansea Canal Camp 2015
Mon&Brec Canal Camps 2015
Mon&Brec Canal Camps 2016
Mon&Brec Canal Camps 2017
A 2016 video of the Waterways Project
Includes footage of me enthusing about canal camps!
Ty Coch Locks from the air, 2017
Our archaeology trench is visible beside Shop Lock.