English Canals

The canal system in England played a vital role in the time of the industrial revolution. It was a way of connecting towns and a way of transporting raw materials and products to other parts of England.

During our vacation to England last summer I visited Hatton Locks, Warwickshire. They are a flight of 21 locks which spans 3.2km of the canal

Flight of locks at Hatton
Flight of locks at Hatton

If you are not sure what is a lock, I have taken from Wikipedia “lock is a device for raising and lowering boats between stretches of water of different levels on river and canal waterways. The distinguishing feature of a lock is a fixed chamber in which the water level can be varied; whereas in a caisson lock, a boat lift, or on a canal inclined plane, it is the chamber itself (usually then called a caisson) that rises and falls”

Hatton Locks, Warwick in the Background
Hatton Locks, Warwick in the Background

The Lock gates control the water level between stages of the canal. The gates were usually made of oak.

Lock Gates
Lock Gates

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