Surrey Lock - Rotherhithe Street, Rotherhithe, London, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Master Mariner
N 51° 30.249 W 000° 02.870
30U E 704879 N 5710023
Quick Description: This lock was designed to let ocean-going timber ships enter the Surrey Docks from the tidal River Thames.
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 11/6/2012 11:13:06 AM
Waymark Code: WMFN2F
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member cache_test_dummies
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Long Description:

The lock is orientated in a north west/south east direction with the north west gate being at the River Thames. The lock is no longer used and fell into disuse in the late 1960s when the locked docks ceased to operate.

The lock gates, bollards, capstans and other features of a commercial lock still exist and are Grade II listed. The lock still retains water and the gates appear to be in good condition judging by the minimal amount of water leaking out at low water in the Thames.

Between the Thames and the outer lock gate is a bascule bridge that used to carry motorised traffic over the lock. This fell into disuse at the same time as the lock and is still there, but non-operational, for pedestrians and cyclists to cross. Motorised traffic has to use a bridge near the inner lock gate which is sealed and forms a part off the Salter Road bridge.

Some water bird nesting platforms have been placed in the lock so that passers by can watch their activities from the seats that line the lock.

As mentioned, the lock and equipment is Grade II listed and the enry at the English Heritage website [visit link] tells us:

"Lock. c1860 By Jennings, engineer. Brick lined with granite kerbs, cast-iron bollards and capstans. Double iron-clad lock gates, originally hydraulically powered. Lock side now restored and lock filled up to gates. Industrial archaeological interest. A good example of lock design at the start of the second period of dock expansion."

Waterway Name: Surrey Lock

Connected Points:
River Thames to the Surrey Docks

Type: Lock

Date Opened: 1/1/1860

Date Closed (if applicable): 1/1/1969

Elevation Difference (meters): 6.00

Site Status: Inactive

Web Site: [Web Link]

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