Kirkstall Lock - Kirkstall, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
N 53° 49.117 W 001° 36.716
30U E 591379 N 5964234
Quick Description: This is lock number 7 on The Leeds Liverpool Canal
Location: Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 1/3/2015 1:40:27 PM
Waymark Code: WMN6B4
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member cache_test_dummies
Views: 1

Long Description:
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 together to give long runs between the locks although not all were staircase locks like this with no gap between each 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 construction of the canal was started in 1770 and the first section opened in 1774 and finally completed in 1816. These days no commercial traffic operates on the canal, but it is popular with leisure boaters and the canal never closed.

The lock is an English Heritage Grade II listed building with the following details. "Lock. 1770-1777, C20 restoration and alterations. 2 pairs of timber gates, cast-iron machinery, ashlar and gritstone retaining walls to lock and overflow channel. The lock raises the canal approx 2m. A view of the lock was painted by JMW Turner during his Yorkshire tour in 1824. (Brears P: Museum of Leeds Trail: 1982-: 36). " link

There is a modern footbridge over the tail of the and the top gates have a wooden walkway built into them. Both give access to both sides of the lock to operate the gates.

There is an overflow channel that flows on the western side of the lock and the outflow is visible next to the bottom lock gates.
Waterway Name: The Leeds Liverpool Canal

Connected Points:
Connects the City of Leeds with the City of Liverpool. It also has a junction with the Aire and Calder Navigation at Leeds and the Bridgewater Canal at Leigh.


Type: Lock

Date Opened: 1/1/1777

Elevation Difference (meters): 2.00

Site Status: Operational

Web Site: [Web Link]

Date Closed (if applicable): Not listed

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