Lydney's Historic Docks Reopened After Renovation

Four custom-made automated gates and associated mechanisms were installed during the restoration.
Four custom-made automated gates and associated mechanisms were installed during the restoration.
The docks were re-opened in July after an extensive programme of work.
The docks were re-opened in July after an extensive programme of work.
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July saw the re-opening of the historic docks at Lydney, near Gloucester in the UK after a two year project to restore and enhance the historic landmark on behalf of the Environment Agency (EA).

The EA has managed the docks since 1996. In 1998, the Lydney Docks Partnership was established to create a sustainable future for this Scheduled Ancient Monument, and in 2003 funds were secured from the Heritage Lottery Fund, which provided £873,000 towards restoring the docks. This was supplemented by further funding from the EA, English Heritage, Gloucestershire County Council, Forest of Dean District Council and Lydney Town Council.

Since then, extensive restoration and improvement works to the docks have been undertaken, which have been used by shipping for nearly 200 years. The enhancements included:

Restoring and enhancing flood defences running along the side of the dock.

Installation of four custom-made automated metal-gates and associated mechanisms, in the outer dock and inner harbour (these replaced the older, dilapidated hand-operated timber gates).

Dredging of the dock and harbour by contractor Land & Water to remove several tonnes of silt (and the odd wrecked car) which had accumulated over the years.

A full refurbishment of dressed stonework on the walls and the floors of the docks.

Improving access.

Additional landscape works.

The docks are an important part of the Forest of Dean's heritage and they are also significant to both the River Severn's and Britain's maritime tradition, and their restoration means that they will be both a living, working facility for local residents and visitors and, hopefully, a catalyst for future regeneration in Lydney.

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