SK4833 : Volunteer lock-keeper

taken 2 months ago, near to Long Eaton, Derbyshire, Great Britain

Volunteer lock-keeper
Volunteer lock-keeper
Looking after Long Eaton lock and ready to help boaters lock through. He wasn't being kept busy on this particular day.
Erewash Canal :: SK4545
The Erewash Canal was opened in 1779 to provide an outlet for collieries on the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire border. It descends 109 feet from its northern end at Langley Mill to the River Trent at Trent Lock, a distance of nearly 12 miles. Although initially highly profitable, competition from other canals and the railways began to eat into trade in the 19th century. In 1932 it passed to the Grand Union Canal Company and was nationalised in 1947. Narrowboat carrying ceased in 1963, but the waterway continued to be maintained to provide a water supply for industry in the lower Erewash valley. This meant that it was relatively easy to restore as a cruising waterway and since 1983 pleasure boaters have been able to use the entire length of the canal.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 7 January, 2018   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 10 January, 2018
Geographical Context
Canal (from Tags)
Lock  Erewash 
Period (from Tags)
Late 18th Century 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 4883 3356 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:53.8365N 1:16.5345W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 4882 3356
View Direction
East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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