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Watford Locks

By YorkshireSam
A little way out of Yorkshire here by virtue of taking a friend down that way to a funeral, while they were there I had a very enjoyable afternoon and lucrative session as it turned out since I managed to sell several prints to people who left their details as they went through. For anyone living that way there's a nice opportunity there to fund equipment costs if nothing else.


Watford Locks is a group of seven locks on the Leicester Line of the Grand Union Canal in Northamptonshire, famous for the Watford Gap service area. The locks are formed (looking from the South) of two single locks, a staircase of four, and a final single lock. Together they lift the canal 16m (52ft 6in) to the "Leicester Summit" which it maintains all the way to Foxton Locks. The locks were built to carry narrowboats and the system was opened in 1814. In the early 20th century there were plans to build an inclined plane similar to that at Foxton as part of a scheme to allow the passage of barges, but the plan was abandoned when the inclined plane at Foxton proved uneconomic. The locks are hemmed in by the Roman Watling Street (now the A5 road) the M1 motorway and the West Coast Main Line railway which all fit through the narrow Watford Gap, between two hill systems.

Tags: Canal Landscape and travel Watford Locks

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Comments


24 Mar 2013 2:25AM
nice capture , I've often got confused by Watford , and Watford gap , there's quite a few miles in that gap

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tonyguitar Plus
3 55 31 Canada
24 Mar 2013 3:23AM
Stepping up!! Now this is really absorbing and so much info yet still a pleasing composition. Bravo!! TG
24 Mar 2013 3:40AM
Hey TG it's amazing where things end up and now following your comment I am a fan of them Los Indios Tabajaras and I can see why Maria Elena is your fave , they also do a great As Time Goes By too.

Cheers for the comment.
24 Mar 2013 3:41AM
Great info and a most pleasing image !! Really well taken Smile
24 Mar 2013 3:49AM
Thanks Herman, I have added a couple more in the version from the same location that you may like to see also.
RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
24 Mar 2013 6:05AM
Have just this very minute seen Ed's {Glostocat} images from Watford Locks and here you are at the very same spot, Sam.
And as I said of his images, these shots demonstrate what a tight squeeze it is to negotiate the lock system, little room for error in steering.
Ronnie.
jdinne 12 16 England
24 Mar 2013 9:39AM
Wonderful narrative Sam to go with a great set, love v3

John

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