Bench restored to former glory

Restored to former glory.
Restored to former glory.

Whilton Marina has refurbished an historical canal bench.

Henry Grantham was the last lock keeper at the Whilton and Buckby Flight of locks, near Whilton Marina on the Grand Union Canal.

Henry often won the ‘best kept locks ’ award and was a well known character locally and on the canal network.

On his death in 1989, local people funded a memorial bench ofold English Elm wood. The bench was positioned overlooking the bottom Lock near the entrance to Whilton Marina.

In 2005 the ancient Elm decayed and the bench was refurbished using English White Oak. This summer the bench was again in sorry state, so Whilton Marina and their carpenter Pete have again restored the bench to its former glory.