Dowley Gap Locks – Bingley, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
N 53° 50.444 W 001° 49.173
30U E 577671 N 5966447
Quick Description: This lock was built in 1773 and is on the Leeds Liverpool Canal.
Location: Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 8/7/2011 10:20:12 AM
Waymark Code: WMC86H
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. This one is a double lock with a total rise of 18 feet 4 inches.

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 is a Grade II listed building; the English Heritage ID is 337961.
Waterway Name: Leeds Liverpool Canal

Connected Points:
The port of Liverpool in the west and Leeds a woolen town in the east.


Type: Lock

Date Opened: 1/1/1773

Elevation Difference (meters): 6.00

Site Status: Operational

Web Site: [Web Link]

Date Closed (if applicable): Not listed

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