TQ1479 : Hanwell Locks

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

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Hanwell Locks
Hanwell Locks
A plaque in the ground at the locks explains the reason for a ramp which leads from the canal to the towpath. The plaque was provided by British Waterways London.

It reads as follows...

"Taking A Look
A way in, or a way out?
Horses could accidentally be pulled into the canal when their towropes
became tangled in the jostle of boats waiting to pass through locks.
Boatmen said that a horse 'took a look' when it was dragged into
the canal, and ramps were built so that the horse could get out again.
What looks like a path into the canal is actually a way out of it."

See one of the ramps here TQ1479 : Hanwell Locks.
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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Date Taken
Monday, 29 August, 2011   (more nearby)
Monday, 5 September, 2011
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Suburb, Urban fringe  Canals 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 148 797 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:30.3181N 0:20.8393W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 148 797
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