SP3864 : Welsh Road Lock, Grand Union Canal

taken 8 years ago, near to Bascote Heath, Warwickshire, Great Britain

Welsh Road Lock, Grand Union Canal
Welsh Road Lock, Grand Union Canal
Heading towards Birmingham on the Grand Union Canal is hard work. There are 23 locks taking the canal from Napton Junction down to Leamington Spa (this is the 18th), followed by a further 23 to climb out of the Avon valley. Furthermore, the Grand Union's widebeam locks with their heavy gates require considerable effort to operate.

The Grand Union's main line is the only widebeam canal in the Midlands, having been widened as part of an improvement scheme in the 1930s intended to revitalise canal traffic. In practice, widebeam boats were seldom used and remain a rare sight today, but the wide locks did facilitate the operation of working pairs. Despite the improvements, carryings declined inexorably after the Second World War, although this stretch of the Grand Union was amongst the very last parts of the traditional 'narrow' canal network to see commercial traffic - cement from Stockton to Birmingham continuing until 1969.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 26 September, 2009   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 27 September, 2009
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Lock   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 386 640 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:16.3790N 1:26.1256W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 386 640
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