SK5815 : Mountsorrel Lock River Soar Navigation

taken 28 years ago, near to Mountsorrel, Leicestershire, Great Britain

Mountsorrel Lock River Soar Navigation
Mountsorrel Lock River Soar Navigation
The Waterside Inn by the 4' 1" drop lock is a favourite spot for Gongoozelers.
River Soar Navigation

24.1 miles (38.8km) long with 18 locks from just above Freeman's Meadow Lock in Leicester to the River Trent and Erewash Canal; the River Soar forms part of the Grand Union Canal Leicester Section. Thomas Skipworth was granted permission by Charles I to make the river navigable in 1634 but the scheme was never completed. The section between the River Trent and Loughborough was made navigable in 1778 by engineers John Smith and John May and extended by William Jessop to Leicester in 1794. The Grand Union Canal (not to be confused with the later canal route of the same name) connected it south to the southern canals network and to London in 1814. It was not until 1894 that the Grand Union and the Leicestershire & Northamptonshire Union Canals were purchased by the Grand Junction Canal Company that later formed the Grand Union Canal who purchased the Leicester and Loughborough Navigations in 1932 along with the Erewash Canal.

Gongoozeler

Now used for an idle spectator, particularly one who stares for a long time at something, it may have been canal workers' slang for an observer standing apparently idle on the towpath from words in Lincolnshire dialect 'gawn' and 'gooze', both meaning to stare or gape. It was given wider use by the late L. T. C. Rolt, who used it in his book about canal life, Narrow Boat, in 1944.

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Date Taken
Monday, 16 August, 1993   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 7 October, 2012
Geographical Context
Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Canals 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 58205 15239 [1m precision]
WGS84: 52:43.9000N 1:8.3692W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 58179 15248
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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