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Disused Lock - Appley West Lock - Appley Bridge, Wigan, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ntpayne
N 53° 34.888 W 002° 43.990
30U E 517665 N 5936990
Quick Description: This disused lock is on The Leeds Liverpool Canal which at 127 miles long is the longest canal in Northern England.
Location: North West England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 6/12/2018 5:59:00 AM
Waymark Code: WMYG3H
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
Views: 1

Long Description:
The locks on this canal were designed to carry the ‘short boats’ that had twice the capacity of the narrow boats used on other canals.

The locks therefore had to be wide enough to allow the 62 feet long, 14 feet wide boats through them. Most of the locks were also grouped together to give long runs between the locks.

The boats were mainly used to carry bulk cargoes such as coal, stone and limestone. Commercial traffic ceased in 1964, but the locks are still used to carry leisure boats which have become very popular. Ironically the leisure craft are often narrow boats, because there are links to other canals, and wider boats would not be able to pass through the locks on the other canals. These locks are wide enough to allow two narrow boats to enter the lock side by side.

The construction of the canal was started in 1770 and the first section opened in 1774 and it as finally completed in 1816.

This lock is on the section between Wigan and Liverpool where the locks are longer and can cater for 72' boats.

This lock and the one 50 yards to the east were built in the first half of the 1800s alongside the original Appley lock. The idea was that two locks would save water compared with the one deep 12' lock.

The lock was restored in the 1980s but has fallen into disrepair again.
Waterway Name: The Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Connected Points:
The main line of the canal connects the city of Leeds with the city of Liverpool. At Leeds it has a junction with the Aire and Calder Navigation. There is a separate arm on the canal at Wigan which connects to Leigh and has a junction with the Bridgewater Canal. There is also an arm at Burscough to Tarleton which has a junction with the Douglas Navigation.

Type: Lock

Date Opened: 1/1/1830

Elevation Difference (meters): 2.00

Site Status: Inactive

Web Site: [Web Link]

Date Closed (if applicable): Not listed

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