SJ5242 : Staircase locks at Grindley Brook in Shropshire

taken 7 years ago, near to Grindley Brook, Shropshire, Great Britain

Staircase locks at Grindley Brook in Shropshire
Staircase locks at Grindley Brook in Shropshire
This narrowboat in Lock No 2 has been lowered down almost to the level of the bottom lock (No 3). The crew and lock-keeper are about to open the gates, and seeing that the rope is handy, the narrowboat will probably be pulled into the bottom lock (No 3), so the boater will be alone.

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Grindley Brook Locks

There are six locks in the Grindley Brook flight on the Llangollen Canal. The lower three are individual locks allowing a rise of 19 feet (about 58 metres), and the top three are a single three-lock staircase providing a further rise of 19ft 11in (about 61 metres).

Staircase locks

In a staircase the upper gate of one lock is also the lower gate of the one above it. Operating a staircase is very different from operating a flight. It can be more useful to think of a staircase as a single lock with intermediate levels. As there is no intermediate pound, a chamber can only be filled by emptying the one above, or emptied by filling the one below; thus the whole staircase has to be full of water (except for the bottom chamber) before a boat starts to ascend, or empty (except for the top chamber) before a boat starts to descend. In an apparent staircase the chambers still have common gates, but the water does not pass directly from one chamber to the next, going instead via side ponds. This means it is not necessary to ensure that the flight is full or empty before starting. Examples of real staircases are Bingley and Grindley Brook. Examples of apparent staircase locks are Foxton Locks and Watford Locks on the Leicester Branch of the Grand Union.

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Thursday, 17 September, 2015   (more nearby)
Saturday, 31 December, 2016
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