SP1876 : Knowle Top Lock south-east of Solihull

taken 7 years ago, near to Knowle, Solihull, Great Britain

Knowle Top Lock south-east of Solihull
Knowle Top Lock south-east of Solihull
This is the view north from Knowle Top Lock, looking towards Kenilworth Road Bridge. Turbulence in the water shows that the lock is still filling, slowly. Only one lock paddle is up because that on the left is out of order. Note the two additional paddle columns on the left, which formerly connected to the side pond which is now disused.
Knowle Locks on the Grand Union Canal :: SP1976
There are five wide locks in the flight at Knowle on the Grand Union Canal. They provide a total rise of 41ft 10in (1275 metres).
Originally there were six narrow locks here. During the extensive upgrading of the Grand Union Canal in the early 1930s these were replaced by the five wide locks in which pairs of boats could navigate together, side by side. Remnants of the original structures can still be seen to the east of several of the current locks.
Side ponds were installed alongside each lock in order to optimise efficiency in the use of water. Pairs of ground paddles can still be seen by each lock, though the sideponds are no longer in use.

The locks are numbered 47 to 51 starting from the bottom of the flight.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 22 August, 2012   (more nearby)
Sunday, 23 June, 2019
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 1893 7639 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:23.1130N 1:43.3977W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 1892 7633
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NORTH (about 0 degrees)
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