WORKMEN embarked on a delicate two-day operation as they installed new oak gates on the Oxford Canal near Kirtlington.
The hand-crafted gates were made at British Waterways’ workshop in Wakefield, and were taken by road to Adderbury.
The one-and-a-half tonne gates then made the final leg of their journey to Northbrook Lock by narrowboat from Adderbury’s Nell Bridge Yard.
British Waterways spokesman Vince Moran said: “Britain’s canals and rivers are set to become a new waterways charity next year, so this year’s maintenance programme marks the end of an era for the nation’s historic waterway network.”
The old gates had reached the end of their 25-year lifespan.
Repairs were also made to the lock’s brickwork as part of winter repairs.
More than 100 lock gates are set to be installed across the country this winter.