FROM the Archive this week features a photograph of the deep water entrance in Barry Dock.

On January 18, 1892 blasting operations started for the construction of a deep water entrance to Barry Dock.

The resident engineer of the Barry Company, Mr John Robinson fired the first charges of explosives.

At the time of construction Barry was the only deep water entrance in the Bristol Channel.

Its construction meant vessels could enter the dock at all stages of the tide instead of waiting 12 hours before docking.

Hundreds of men were involved in its construction and in preparation the brickworks at Cadoxton Moors turned out millions of bricks.

The deep water entrance was open for business in July 1897 and officially opened in September 1897 and named the Lady Windsor Deep Water Lock.

The Barry & District News would like to thank Cllr Shirley Hodges for the photograph and information.

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