TQ1479 : Hanwell Locks

taken 7 years ago, near to Norwood Green, Ealing, Great Britain

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Hanwell Locks
Hanwell Locks
A small basin between locks on the flight at Hanwell.
Hanwell Locks - a Scheduled Ancient Monument
The flight of six locks at Hanwell raises the Grand Union Canal by just over 53 feet above the height of the River Brent over a distance of a third of a mile. Located in a pleasant rural setting, the locks have been designated a Scheduled Ancient Monument by English Heritage.

They are the work of William Jessop, chief engineer of the Grand Junction Canal, who had the foresight to design the locks to be wide enough to accommodate two narrowboats at the same time.

The locks are bounded on the north by the former County Asylum (known as Hanwell Asylum), now Ealing Hospital. The long brick wall between the locks and the hospital is also a Scheduled Ancient Monument. A bricked-up arch can be clearly seen in this wall. This is the site of a short branch of the canal which led to a dock within the asylum. Canal boats used this dock to deliver coal for the Asylum's boilers and to take away fruit and vegetables which were produced in the asylum's large market gardens.

There are some side ponds at the locks. These were used to store reserves of water to keep the locks topped-up as required.

Some lock-keepers cottages survive as private residences, but some have been demolished.
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TQ1479, 246 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Monday, 29 August, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 5 September, 2011
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Suburb, Urban fringe  Canals 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 148 797 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:30.2794N 0:20.7716W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 147 798
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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