SP1876 : Lock No 50 near Knowle south-east of Solihull

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

Lock No 50 near Knowle south-east of Solihull
Lock No 50 near Knowle south-east of Solihull
The 1930s replacement wide lock flight was constructed about fifteen metres east of the original narrow locks, leaving a wide canal section (pound) between each of the new locks, and leaving clear water between the new lock and the towpath (on the right in this image).
Remnants of the original lock are by reeds and shrubs on the right of Lock No 50 here.

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)
Thursday, 27 June, 2019
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 1895 7624 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:23.0321N 1:43.3806W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 1897 7620
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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