SJ9152 : Stockton Brook Bottom Lock, Stoke-on-Trent

taken 5 months ago, near to Baddeley Green, Stoke-on-Trent, Great Britain

Stockton Brook Bottom Lock, Stoke-on-Trent
Stockton Brook Bottom Lock, Stoke-on-Trent
The Stockton Brook flight of five locks (Nos 5-9) on the Caldon Canal provides a rise (or fall) of 41ft 1in (125 metres). Lock No 5 is the bottom lock.
The Caldon Canal
The Caldon Branch of the Trent and Mersey Canal was created, and opened in 1779, specifically as a transport facility for the limestone quarries at Cauldon, near Froghall. In 1797 a secondary branch was built from the original Hazelhurst Locks to Leek. By 1811 a further extension from Froghall led to Uttoxeter, a further 13 miles, but only lasted until 1845. By 1849 a railway had been built, some of the track using the former canal bed.
A major rebuild at Hazelhurst Junction took place, completed by 1841. This included abandoning a staircase of three locks by Hazelhurst Wood, and creating three single new ones on a separate cut, which then passed under a new aqueduct to accommodate the Leek Branch.

Due mainly to railways taking most of the trade, the canal became little used and almost unnavigable by the early 1960s.

The canal was reopened in 1974 following enormous amounts of work instigated by the Caldon Canal Society, its volunteers, and the British Waterways Board. The current seventeen miles from Etruria to Froghall are a particularly attractive canal for cruising, despite the seventeen locks ... well that isn't too many, is it? ;-)
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Thursday, 12 September, 2019   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 9 February, 2020
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 9126 5203 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:3.9263N 2:7.9127W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 9124 5202
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