Lifford Guillotine Lock - Birmingham, UK
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N 52° 24.791 W 001° 55.153
30U E 573510 N 5807544
Quick Description: An unusual stop lock designed to stop water flowing from one canal to the other.
Location: West Midlands, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 1/31/2010 12:44:02 PM
Waymark Code: WM859X
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member cache_test_dummies
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Long Description:
Originally the Stratford-upon-Avon canal level was usually about six inches higher than the Worcester and Birmingham canal, this lock prevented water flowing from one canal to the other, whichever canal had the higher water level. Both gates were opened in 1948 when the canals were nationalised.

Water was an expensive commodity for canal companies and its supply was jealously guarded by this brick-lined lock. A guillotine gate here is operated by a hand-winched counterweighted chain mechanism within a tall cast-iron framework. The present gates are probably 19th-century replacements, but all other parts are original and the lock has the status of a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

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Waterway Name: Stratford-on-Avon Canal

Connected Points:
Birmingham, Worcester and Stratford-on-Avon.

Type: Lock

Date Opened: 1/1/1814

Date Closed (if applicable): 1/1/1948

Elevation Difference (meters): .00

Site Status: Inactive

Web Site: [Web Link]

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