Hirst Lock – Bingley, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
N 53° 50.402 W 001° 48.071
30U E 578880 N 5966390
Quick Description: This single rise lock was originally built in 1773, and refurbished in 2005.
Location: Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 8/7/2011 6:40:02 AM
Waymark Code: WMC852
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member cache_test_dummies
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Long Description:
The lock is on the Leeds Liverpool Canal. The locks on this canal were designed to carry the ‘short boats’ that had twice the capacity of the narrow boats used on other canals.

The locks therefore had to be wide enough to allow the 62 feet long, 14 feet wide boats through them. Most of the locks were also grouped into staircases to give long runs between the locks, but in this case it is a single lock.

The boats were mainly used to carry bulk cargoes such as coal, stone and limestone. Commercial traffic ceased in 1964, but the locks are still used to carry leisure boats which have become very popular. Ironically the leisure craft are normally narrow boats, because there are links to other canals, and wider boats would not be able to pass through the locks on the other canals.

The lock has a rise of 10 feet 2 inches. The new gates installed in 2005 were made at the Bradley Workshop, Bilston in the West Midlands. This is one of only 2 workshops in the UK that do this type of work.

The lock is a Grade II listed building; the English Heritage ID is 337502.
Waterway Name: Leeds Liverpool Canal

Connected Points:
Connects the City of Leeds with the City of Liverpool.


Type: Lock

Date Opened: 1/1/1773

Elevation Difference (meters): 3.00

Site Status: Operational

Web Site: [Web Link]

Date Closed (if applicable): Not listed

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