SP1976 : Knowle Locks south-east of Solihull

taken 8 years ago, near to Knowle, Solihull, Great Britain

Knowle Locks south-east of Solihull
Knowle Locks south-east of Solihull
There are wide pounds between the rebuilt five locks of the Knowle flight on the Grand Union Canal. This view is of the fourth lock down (No 48), seen from the next one up.

Note the small footbridge on the left. This is at the top of the original narrow lock. Some of its structure can be followed to its far end. The sideponds are off to the right.
Knowle Locks on the Grand Union Canal
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)
Thursday, 27 June, 2019
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 1900 7611 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:22.9618N 1:43.3369W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 1898 7615
View Direction
South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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