Lock 1 On Halifax Arm Of The Calder and Hebble Navigation – Salterhebble Bridge, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
N 53° 42.133 W 001° 51.214
30U E 575682 N 5951001
Quick Description: This was the first lock on the Halifax arm of the Calder and Hebble navigation but this part of the canal is no longer used and the Hebble Trail now passes through it.
Location: Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 5/12/2013 12:55:18 PM
Waymark Code: WMH2QM
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member cache_test_dummies
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Long Description:
The Calder and Hebble Navigation completed in 1770 consisted of artificial improvements to the River Calder and River Hebble to allow canal boats use what used to be un-navigable rivers.

It ran for 21 miles from the Aire and Calder Navigation at Wakefield to Sowerby Bridge, was one of the first navigable waterways into the Pennines. It was an extension westwards of the Aire and Calder Navigation.

Work began in 1758 to make the River Calder navigable above Wakefield. The navigation to Sowerby Bridge was completed in 1770, including a short branch to Dewsbury.

In 1828 this branch to Halifax was opened, rising 110 feet to a terminus at Bailey Hall, behind Halifax Railway Station. There were 14 locks on the branch which closely followed the route of the River Hebble. Most of the branch was abandoned in 1942 apart from the short section from Salterhebble to Salterhebble Bridge

All the locks on this canal had a beam of 14 feet and were 57 and ½ feet long. A number of different stonemasons worked on the construction of the canal and were paid according to how many pieces of stone work they prepared. In order that their work could be recognised each stonemason used to carve their own mark on the stones.

Normally these marks are not visible on the stones in the locks, but because this lock is empty and the stone work has been cleaned these stonemason marks are clearly visible on a lot of the stones.

Much of the route of the Halifax arm of the canal has been turned into a walking and cycling trail called the Hebble Trail. This lock immediately follows a road bridge over the canal which is where the trail starts. At this point the level of the trail is where the bed of the canal was and it’s interesting to walk through the lock.
Waterway Name: Halifax Arm of the Calder and Hebble Navigation

Connected Points:
Halifax and Salterhebble


Type: Lock

Date Opened: 1/1/1828

Date Closed (if applicable): 1/1/1942

Elevation Difference (meters): .00

Site Status: Remnants

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