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Lock gates project day 1

on Mon Nov 12 2018, 13:23
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Roving report from Poolstock lock 2

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Re: Lock gates project day 1

on Fri Nov 23 2018, 21:38
@Corky Ringspot wrote:Be careful, Mester Tom,  VERY CAREFUL   (Oooohhhh, get me using block capitals mid sentence), bad things can happen if you try to pry.




See my above post....
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Re: Lock gates project day 1

on Fri Nov 23 2018, 21:41
affraid I’m sure Tom wil take care not to get in the road, Cadfael. Very Happy
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Re: Lock gates project day 1

on Sat Nov 24 2018, 11:30
that would make a good story, headline " Roving reporter goes missing"

The rejects reporter has not been seen for weeks now, he was last sighted peeping through a gap in the boarded up partition protecting the A49 new road extension, Police are questioning the security contractors after they warned people, If you found on this side of the fence you will be used as foundation material for the footing of the bridge and we will make a plaque with the inscription

This Rover will rove no more
But he'll uphold the road
Where the new rovers rove,

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Re: Lock gates project day 1

on Sun Nov 25 2018, 21:44
Some history about those two locks there, which are Poolstock Top Lock No 1 and Poolstock Bottom Lock No 2 and I don't know if you know this but Poolstock Bottom Lock No 2 was first constructed circa 1980 probably in the late 1970's because originally at Poolstock there was just the first Lock the No 1 lock and then the next lock was Dover Lock at Abram, but that lock was removed and I myself noticed that there was something not reet about the level of the canal during a walk in 1996 when I walked from Poolstock to Bamfurlong along the canal bank and in those days you could not tell which side of the canal had the official towpath on it, the block paving was added later on and both sides of the canal had paths running alongside and at Moss Bridge I took the wrong path and ended up at a dead end on the canal bank at where the West Coast Main Line crosses the canal and ended up running for me life across a field, when a herd of cows stampeded towards me, when I decided to cross 'their' field.

So on that walk I noticed that the level of the water was way below the top of the canal bank and thinking back to me growing up days in Bamfurlong, when I could clearly remember the level of the canal being not far from the top of the canal bank, as the canal went along through Bamfurlong, and it confuddled me for a long while, because this was before internet days and google everything yoo want to know ....

So a couple of years later I was talking to a grand owd chap who lived in Albion Drive at New Springs and he was telling me that he had worked for British Waterways up to retiring, so I asked him about the level of the canal going from Poolstock to Bamfurlong and he explained that the canal had sunk along with the land at Scotmans Flash and to counteract this, over the years the canal bank had been raised, this was because eventually the canal would have overtopped the canal bank as the land and the canal sank down and historically a breach in the canal bank and the resulting flood had created Pearsons Flash, which is the flash on the other side of the canal from Scotmans Flash and Scotmans Flash was created because the land had sunk due to mining subsidence and it had continued to sink over the years and it was felt that at a certain point the canal banks would not be able to contain the amount of water contained in the canal, because the higher the volume of water, the greater the lateral force on the canal banks would be and to fix this would have been expensive, because it would have entailed replacing the entire canal bank on both sides of the canal between Poolstock No 1 Lock and Dover Lock which is a few miles long and replacing it with a very strong and solid structure, steel piles lining a steel reinforced concrete retaining wall and by that time in the late 1970's the canal was all but closed, so closure of the Leigh Branch may have been an alternative, to fixing the canal banks ....

So an alternative solution was found, which was made possible by removing Dover Lock, which would result in the level of the canal dropping by the drop length of Dover Lock and I had estimated that the level of the canal had dropped by about 3 feet, but the retired British Waterways gentleman informed me that the drop was actually two and a half feet or 30 inches, which is not a very long drop in lock terms and by dropping the level of the canal and reducing the volume of water in it, this would relieve pressure on the canal bank, which would avert a breach in the canal bank at some time in the future ...

So to facilitate this the Lock system and canal bank layout was completely reconstructed in Poolstock along with new canal banks being constructed from Poolstock No 1 Lock up to where the brand new Poolstock No 2 Lock was construc,ted, because the level of the drop of the canal at Poolstock Lock No 1 would be extended by 30 inches, so a two lock system was devised to drop the canal in two equal amounts, so both locks were built from scratch, the Poolstock No 1 lock being built on the site of the old No 1 lock ...

I suppose only problem there is after they did that, is that if yoo fall in the canal yoo can't climb out of it, because the canal bank is too high clown

Thje retired British Waterways chap also told me that the land at the side of the Kirkless Pub at New Springs, where Albion Drive is now, used to be a canal basin, a dock for canal barges and it was filled in ....
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Re: Lock gates project day 1

on Mon Nov 26 2018, 09:52
More knowledge.
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on Mon Nov 26 2018, 14:29
Thank you to our roving reporter Tom for todays update.
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Re: Lock gates project day 1

on Mon Nov 26 2018, 16:01
you are welcome Boss, now about these petrol receipts
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on Mon Nov 26 2018, 16:02
Your bike is petrol driven !!!!Shocked
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on Mon Nov 26 2018, 16:14
typical Woman boss always pick, pick ,pick Very Happy
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on Mon Nov 26 2018, 16:34
Give them to me, Tomp, I will honour them. Smile

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Re: Lock gates project day 1

on Mon Nov 26 2018, 16:39
thats a good boss for you , Well done Mac, stick it behind the rejects bar for the Xmas bash, rendeer
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Re: Lock gates project day 1

on Mon Nov 26 2018, 17:22
Thanks again Tom
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Re: Lock gates project day 1

on Mon Nov 26 2018, 18:57
Thanks again Cindy, I'm glad you're enjoying them, cheers
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Re: Lock gates project day 1

on Mon Nov 26 2018, 19:21
Nice one, Mester Tom.
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on Mon Nov 26 2018, 19:36
Thanks, Tom. I don’t live that far away from those woods but only recently discovered them when I joined a couch to 5k running group (Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles). I found that a great way to explore local places and exercise & socialise too.

Arrow Wood - www.woodlandtrust.org.uk
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Re: Lock gates project day 1

on Mon Nov 26 2018, 19:55
It is surprising how much there is to see under our noses, Because we mostly are busy working we never see the local treasures because we are attracted to money making venues in our leisure time, retirement should be renamed, findingment, because we have time to see the trees are wood and there's a whole differant life going on inside them,
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Re: Lock gates project day 1

on Tue Nov 27 2018, 16:22
Nice one Tom. You can quite clearly see that 'spider' on Google Maps satellite view... not far at all from the compound. I very often smell woodsmoke from that area.
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on Mon Dec 03 2018, 17:27
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Re: Lock gates project day 1

on Mon Dec 03 2018, 17:47
Hurrah!

Many thanks, Tomp. Smile

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Re: Lock gates project day 1

on Mon Dec 03 2018, 22:13
Nice work, Mester Tom.
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Re: Lock gates project day 1

on Tue Dec 04 2018, 17:34
Thanks Tom.
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