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Revealing the secrets of the river bed

Crane in the sunset . Photo credit - David Jeffrey
Crane in the sunset . Photo credit – David Jeffrey

With the cofferdam in place, water has now been drained from the site of Weir B, so work on the riverbed can commence. The draining of the site also provides a unique opportunity to learn more about its history. A key point of interest is the century old winding gear for the weir.

Oxford Archeology have been commissioned to document the findings, and we are investigating how we might combine the old winding gear into our new design as a way of showcasing and preserving this fascinating piece of waterways history.

In the meantime, we are hearing reports that our crane is proving of interest to residents of all ages – from young toddlers, to the young at heart. Thank you to David Jeffrey for sharing his photo of the crane at dusk.

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