SE1039 : Negotiating Bingley Five-Rise Locks

taken 6 years ago, near to Crossflatts, Bradford, Great Britain

Negotiating Bingley Five-Rise Locks
Negotiating Bingley Five-Rise Locks
Bingley Five-rise lock staircase is the most spectacular feature of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and is classed as a grade I listed building (English Heritage Building ID: 337964 LinkExternal link British Listed Buildings). It is situated about half a mile north of Bingley Station, about 17 miles north west of Leeds and about 12 miles south east of Skipton. The locks open directly from one to another, with the top gate of one forming the bottom gate of the next. This unique 5-rise staircase has a total rise of 60 feet.

The Leeds and Liverpool canal has many lock staircases of two or three locks each. Only a few hundred yards downstream is another staircase - this time a 3-rise flight, with a fall of 30 feet. The locks are supervised by a lock keeper and are closed at night. The Bingley 5-rise and 3-rise locks opened in 1774.
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The Leeds and Liverpool Canal is the longest canal in Northern England at 127 miles long. The first of the trans-Pennine canals it took 46 years to build at a cost of five times the original budget, mainly because of the length and complexity of the route. It passes through 91 locks with a summit level of 487 feet at Foulridge near Nelson and Colne. It was originally conceived in the 18th century to carry woollen goods from Leeds and Bradford and limestone from Skipton but in its 19th century heyday it carried stone, coal and many other goods. The impact of the railways was not as great as with other canals and commercial traffic continued along the main canal until 1964. Regular work stopped in 1972 when the movement of coal to Wigan Power Station ceased. In the latter part of the 20th century the leisure potential of the canal was developed and it is now a popular destination for cruising, fishing, walking and cycling. See LinkExternal link for detailed information.

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Wednesday, 15 April, 2015   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 21 April, 2015
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Village, Rural settlement  Canals 
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