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.
His family worked on working canal boats, carrying cargo around the midlands and Henry grew up working alongside his parents on their boats.
On Henry Grantham’s death in 1989 locals decided there must be a memorial; a bench was decided upon and the old English Elm wood from the Grantham family working boats, on which Henry had lived and worked on during his life, was used to build the bench. The bench was positioned overlooking the bottom Lock near the entrance to Whilton Marina.
In 2005 the ancient Elm eventually decayed and the bench was refurbished using English White Oak.
This summer the bench was again in sorry state, so Whilton Marina with the help of their carpenter Pete, has once again restored the bench to its former glory.
This Article is reproduced by kind permission of Whilton Marina.