Pennine Waterways News

Saturday, 28 March 2009

Macclesfield Wall Repairs

Earlier this month it was reported that the stoppage on the Macclesfield Canal for the repair of the wall collapse had been lifted earlier than expected.
The navigation has indeed been restored, however the towpath will remain closed, as the re-building of the wall is still under way.

The latest photo from Debby Francis, the repair is a major task.

Macclesfield wall repairs, photo: Debby Francis
The massive slab of retaining wall that collapsed onto the towpath a year ago has now been removed, with stones being kept for re-use.

A substantial concrete wall has been constructed, which has been back-filled.

A stone facing is now being added using reclaimed stone and lime mortar to match the original structure as far as possible. As can be seen in the photo, the concrete wall, which will be hidden, will take all the weight of the access road that will run above it and of the hillside behind.

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