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From flat caps to hard hats!

1920s Workers What a difference 90 odd years makes and not a hint of health and safety in sight. The twelve men and one boy pictured in around the 1920’s probably took months to clear out White Mills lock on the River Nene in Earls Barton.

In those days flat caps were worn instead of hard hats, cranes were precariously perched on large wooden beams, and smoking on the job clearly wasn't a hazard either!

Todays Workers Today it could not be more different. Over the past three weeks a much smaller team from Drake Towage of Wisbech have been giving White Mills lock a complete overhaul. With work due to be completed by 22nd March, not only has the lock been completely drained down and emptied, (the only treasures found this time around were an old bike and a shopping trolley) but the guillotine gate has been repainted and had its bottom seal adjusted, whilst the V gates have had new pintle and breast timbers installed as well as a steel cill to replace the old timber one.

The work on the lock comes just before work gets underway on constructing White Mills Marina, the new 141 berth development on the River Nene in Northamptonshire adjacent to Lock 9.
Further information about White Mills Marina is available by emailing [email protected]

B&W picture courtesy of Earls Barton Library.
In today's pictures are Richard Goult, (left) Kevin Stevens,(Centre) and Daniel Loasby (Right) of Drake Towage.