Lock Keeper's Cottage & The Industry Barge

Lagan Valley Regional Park, 3 Lock Keeper's Lane, Milltown Road, Belfast, Belfast, BT8 7XT
September 14th, 2019 - September 14th, 2019
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Late 18th century Lock Keeper's Cottage, restored in 2008/9 to how it would have looked in the early 20th century, when the last Lock Keeper, George Kilpatrick, lived there with his wife and ten children, whilst working for the Lagan Navigation Company.  Come in, sit by the fire and hear the tales of life and work on the Navigation, from Lagan Valley Regional Park Heritage Guides.    The Industry Barge, hails from the later years of the Lagan Navigation.  She was launched in 1920 and had a long life - mainly carrying coal along the Lagan Navigation, before finishing up as a sand barge on Lough Neagh in the 1970s.  Over the years, she had various owners including the Lambeg Bleaching, Dyeing and Finishing Co. and the Lagan Navigation Co.  She even played a part in the Second World War.  Come aboard to hear more of her tales and learn about the history of the Lagan Navigation from our Heritage Guides.    Demonstrations of the opening and closing of Lock 3 (also fully restored in 2008/9) will also be taking place specially for this year's European Heritage Open Day.  Opening and closing the lock gates to allow the barges (known locally as 'lighters') carrying coal and other goods, to progress along the Navigation was one of the Lock Keeper's main duties. The original stone humpback bridge can also be seen.

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