Bosley Locks

Written by  //  May 9, 2013  //  News  //  No comments

The bad weather I was expecting today didn’t materialise so Brian and I with our friends Helen and Mike went for a walk along the canal, the Bosley Lock Flight section to be precise.
Bosley Lock Flight is a section of 12 canal locks on the Macclesfield Canal. The locks are built with stone blocks and are quite narrow. The 12 locks are spread over a distance of just 1 mile which is 1.6 km and they raise the level of the canal by 118 feet or 36m. The Macclesfield Canal was authorised by an Act of Parliament in 1826 after Thomas Telford produced two reports and estimated that they would cost £295,000 to build. The project was supervised by an engineer called William Crosley. The workmanship was deemed to be excellent and by the time the canal opened in 1831 the total cost was only slightly over budget at £320,000. Apparently it is a typical Telford design as it uses cuttings and embankments to maintain a straight and level course which enabled the locks to be built in a single flight.
We saw only one narrow boat going through the locks which is a bit unusual, I have seen boats queuing up to get through. Four people were involved getting the boat through the locks, two women at the front opening the gates, one man driving the boat and bringing up the rear another man closing the gates. I don’t think I would like the responsibility of driving as the locks are very narrow, one section looked too narrow for a boat to fit but I’m sure it does!

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