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Beeston Iron Lock

Hob Uid: 71068
Location :
Cheshire West And Chester
Cheshire West And Chester
Beeston
Grid Ref : SJ5539259894
Summary : Unique cast iron canal lock on the Shropshire Union Canal by Thomas Telford in 1828, and one of his last major works. it was built of iron to avoid acute water loss in unstable substrate. It is constructed of flanged plates and anchored to piles of H-section., 12 feet deep. Additional piles support the hinge plates of the lower gates. Plate joints within the lock basin are protected by rubbing strakes. It is believed to have superseded a stone lock which proved too heavy for the unstable ground. It is estimated that the iron lock weighs about 10% of the weight of a conventional lock on the Ellesmere Canal.
More information : (SJ 5537 5989)Beeston Iron Lock [NAT] (1)

Beeston Iron Lock, scheduled (2)

Recorded by NRIM. (3)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 1:2500 1972
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Eng Her Record Form, plan 5-FEB-85
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Source Number : 3
Source : National Record of Industrial Monuments
Source details : Recorded by JGB Hills, 09-Nov-1963, Record No.CH24
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Built 1828
Monument End Date : 1828
Monument Start Date : 1828
Monument Type : Canal Lock
Evidence : Structure

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External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : CH 125
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SJ 55 NE 16
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Associated Activities : NATIONAL RECORD OF INDUSTRIAL MONUMENTS
Activity type : DESK BASED ASSESSMENT
Start Date : 1960-01-01
End Date : 1975-12-31