Weston Favell Lock - Northant's
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Norfolk12
N 52° 14.220 W 000° 50.484
30U E 647396 N 5789594
Quick Description: Two gauges either end of the lock on the River Nene in Northamptonshire . co-ords from the middle of the lock.
Location: East Midlands, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 4/19/2010 10:52:57 AM
Waymark Code: WM8MHF
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Black Dog Trackers
Views: 3

Long Description:
The Nene Valley
From Northampton, the river NENE flows along a broad valley, formed by the enormous amount of water released by the melting ice during the Ice Age, towards the east coast.

The Nene now meanders through this wide, flat valley with flood plains, lakes, pools and mature gravel pits on either bank, a by-product of the large glacial deposits in the valley.

At Great Billing is Billing Aquadrome, a popular caravan and camping park with leisure facilities and a funfair, which is based around the river and various mature gravel pits.
The park is popular with fishermen and water skiers alike. The river's landscape is now dominated by mature gravel pit lakes. Some gravel extraction still takes place along the valley's basin.
At Cogenhoe the river passes through a watermill. Cogenhoe is pronounced 'cook-no' locally.
The mill is the red brick building and the sluice can be seen beneath. The Mill House on the left is dated 1725.

At Earls Barton the river again passes an area of mature gravel pit lakes and lock gates numbers 9 and 10. Further on the river passes through Doddington Lock No 11 and the nearby Hardwater Watermill. This watermill, mentioned in the Domesday Book, has ground wheat into flour for almost 1000 years.
Thomas à Beckett, Archbishop of Canterbury, used the mill as a hiding place after escaping from Northampton Castle in 1164 and fleeing down the Nene to be sheltered by the miller before fleeing to France.
The watermill ceased grinding flour after the Second World War.

details from wikipedia
measurements only



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