Lock 5 On Rochdale Canal – Brearley Wood, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
N 53° 43.702 W 001° 57.358
30U E 568879 N 5953805
Quick Description: Lock 5 on The Rochdale Canal is known as the Edward Kilner lock.
Location: Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 6/3/2012 3:03:47 PM
Waymark Code: WMEJ74
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member cache_test_dummies
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Long Description:

The Canal History
The Rochdale Canal was completed in 1804 and is one of three canals that cross the Pennine hills. This is the only one that doesn’t use tunnels. In addition it was a broad canal with bridges and locks that allowed boats of 14 feet width to pass through.

The one downside of not using tunnels is that it originally had 92 locks. These days two of them have been combined into one deep lock in front of this tunnel.

Competition from railways and roads subsequently led to a decline in goods being carried and by 1937 the only section left in operation was at the Manchester end of the canal.

In 1965 there was talk of abandoning the canal but by this time leisure boating had become very popular in the UK and there was a campaign to keep it open. Work was started and the canal slowly re-opened in a number of different stages.

All the locks on the canal have a standard length of 72 feet (22 metres).

Details of this lock
This lock was made a Grade II listed building by English Heritage in 1984 before the canal was restored. The listing states that the lock had provision for an extra set of gates thought to be used when shorter boats of up to 57 1/2 feet went through.

Other locks are also listed and on their web pages it states that it's not sure whether this system was ever used in practice. http://list.english-heritage.org.uk/resultsingle.aspx?uid=1230188

The section of the canal between Sowerby Bridge and Rochdale was opened in 1798.

The lock walls of this lock have distorted over time due to mining subsidence and there is a restriction on the lock so that 2 narrow boats are not allowed through at the same time.

This lock is known as the Edward Kilner lock and has a plaque next to it. He was a local solicitor.
Waterway Name: The Rochdale Canal

Connected Points:
The city of Manchester on the west side of the Pennine hills and the town of Sowerby Bridge on the east side.

Type: Lock

Date Opened: 1/1/1798

Elevation Difference (meters): 3.00

Site Status: Operational

Web Site: [Web Link]

Date Closed (if applicable): Not listed

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