Three-Rise Locks On Leeds Liverpool Canal – Bingley, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
N 53° 51.101 W 001° 50.299
30U E 576416 N 5967645
Quick Description: This staircase lock is on The Leeds Liverpool Canal which at 127 miles long is the longest canal in Northern England.
Location: Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 9/30/2013 3:22:15 PM
Waymark Code: WMJ68F
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member cache_test_dummies
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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 this is only one of two staircase locks on the canal. The other one called Bingley five-rise lock is only 0.3 miles to the north.

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.

This staircase has 3 locks and raises or lowers boats a total of 9 metres. The Individual locks are numbers 22 to 24

The staircase locks are slow to operate since all three must be 'set' before beginning passage. For a journey upwards, the bottom lock must be empty, with all the others full: the reverse is the case for a boat descending. The size of the lock also means that it is often on the list of lock maintenance during the winter months and one of the gates has a date plaque of 1990 indicating it was built at Northwich.

There are wooden footbridges across the bottom gates of each lock to give boat owners access to both sides of the canal when operating the gates. There is also a pedestrian swing bridge at the top end of the locks which connects both sides of the town of Bingley. The lock and associated overflow channel is an English Heritage Grade II* listed building.
Waterway Name: The Leeds Liverpool Canal

Connected Points:
Connects the inland woollen town of Leeds with the port of Liverpool.


Type: Lock

Date Opened: 1/1/1770

Elevation Difference (meters): 9.00

Site Status: Operational

Web Site: [Web Link]

Date Closed (if applicable): Not listed

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