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Hatton Locks 3/5

For those negotiating their way in their narrow boat through the 21 individual locks this is the very last one of all, by which time I would think one would hope never to see another lock for a very long time.  There is a fine plaque on the side wall of the lock commemorating the building of the whole set, and I suspect, but don't know for sure, that the old house on the right might at some time have been home to someone involved with the canal and locks.

Hatton Locks 3/5

For those negotiating their way in their narrow boat through the 21 individual locks this is the very last one of all, by which time I would think one would hope never to see another lock for a very long time.  There is a fine plaque on the side wall of the lock commemorating the building of the whole set, and I suspect, but don't know for sure, that the old house on the right might at some time have been home to someone involved with the canal and locks.

comments (15)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 15 Aug 2012, 01:15
You have done a great job of photoshopping out the hordes of tourists, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ray. Actually being a Friday there were very few people about other than retired couples like us so it was easy to get shots without people in.
The owners of that house must be constantly entertained by the boats coming and going through those locks, Brian. At first glance I thought someone dressed in pink was hanging out the upstairs window but in closer inspection it appears to be only a curtain. Whew!
Brian Walbey: It is a curtain Bev, and I first thought the same as you. I couldn't actually work out whether the house is still occupied or not.
It must be quite a process for sure! Wonder how long it takes to get through all of the locks?
Brian Walbey: I guess it takes a long time Elizabeth especially if other boats ar doing the same or they are alls et against one all the way.
excellent shot. 21 locks to be crossed like this, i suppose the pilot's nerves would be rather shaky
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ayush. Not only shaky nerves but aching arms from working all the lock mechanisms.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 15 Aug 2012, 08:00
It can be quite tiring going through a number of locks Brian.
Brian Walbey: It would be with this lot Chad, 21 lots of opening and closing etc.etc.
I would imagine this was once a lock keepers cottage.
Brian Walbey: I thought the same Bill but I couldn't work out whether or not it still occupied.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 15 Aug 2012, 08:31
This would be Lock Heaven for anyone who loves locks, like Astrid does, Brian. You'd definitely have to factor the time into your trip, however. smile
Brian Walbey: Indeed it would Ginnie but a bugbear for anyone who hates the "going through locks" part of canal cruising, think how long it would take to do the lot.
I can imagine being locked at lock 19 and calling the keeper for help...
Brian Walbey: I wouldn't get as far as lock 19 Juan smile
It looks a nit like a scene that could well be set here in Holland
Brian Walbey: I'm sure it does Chantal but with a bigger hill I suspect.
A beautiful perspective Brian, love the old lock keepers house (I'd guess) and I'm glad you mentioned the red plaque, my eye found it & questioned? smile
Brian Walbey: I was going to incorporate a close-up of the plaque in the picture but time ran out on me.
I like lock keepers cottages, this looks like a great location
Brian Walbey: Yes I can only guess that this was probably a lock keepers cottage John, it wasn't actually that obvious that it is still inhabited.
A beautiful scene Brian. The house on the side is superb!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard, it would be a nice place to live although it is a bit out of the way.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 15 Aug 2012, 19:44
A glorious scene in the sunlight. I wonder if the cottage could have been the lockkeepers?
Brian Walbey: I suspect it must have been a lock keepers cottage, it did look a bit as though it is no longer occupied despite the open window.,
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 15 Aug 2012, 20:57
I can imagine myself walking along the old tow-path, Brian -it looks so real
Brian Walbey: I did walk a little way along past this last lock but my coffee was getting cold at the tearoom so I made a hasty return to enjoy that smile
You could sell this to the tourist board!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Tom, I think we all come up with photos that could be used by tourist boards every now and then.

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