Hole in historic Whalley weir repaired

Whalley Hydro directors Tim Ashworth and Graham Sowter mending Whalley weir.
Whalley Hydro directors Tim Ashworth and Graham Sowter mending Whalley weir.

Thirty tonnes of hardcore and concrete were used to repair a hole in the historic weir at Whalley, five metres wide and two metres deep.

The Whalley Hydro project team took advantage of low river levels resulting from some rare recent fine, dry weather to complete the job.

The 80 metre-wide weir, is a much valued feature in the local landscape. It is essential to provide a head of water for the Whalley Hydro scheme, which is due to be constructed next Spring.

The work was carried out by Fellside Contractors, of Great Mitton, together with Whalley Hydro directors Tim Ashworth and Graham Sowter as extra labourers. It took two long hard days’ work to complete the repair and thanks are due to all the team for their efforts.

During the work, several wooden beams were seen just below the water level. These might have been part of the original construction dating from the 14th century, or perhaps part of later work carried out to raise the weir in the 19th century when it was used to power Abbey Corn Mill.

Tim Ashworth commented: “Preserving our village heritage for future generations to enjoy has been well worth the hard work.”

Pictured here are Whalley Hydro directors Tim Ashworth and Graham Sowter hard at work mending the hole in Whalley weir.

l For further information on Whalley Hydro see www.whalleyhydro.co.uk