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Beeston Locks (Cheshire)

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Iron lock: curved entrance at lower gates
Iron lock
Iron lock: in the foreground we see one of the vertical cast iron piles which support the walls of the lock. On the opposite side, note the iron plates which are riveted or bolted over the joints between the flanged cast iron plates
Iron lock: another pile, a vertical joint between plates, and a rope-cut groove
Iron lock
Iron lock: elegant iron footbridge. In the background is the Lockgate Coffee House - highly recommended! (2019)
Stone lock: spillway covered by stone slabs
Stone lock: spillway and lengthman's hut

on the Shropshire Union Canal at Tiverton, near Beeston, Cheshire.

There are two locks: Beeston Stone Lock and Beeston Iron Lock.

Beeston Iron Lock was constructed in 1828. Flanged cast iron plates were bolted together to form the walls and floor, providing a novel solution to problems with 'running sand' under the original stone locks. It is a grade II* listed structure and a scheduled ancient monument, and is unique in England.[1].

Beeston Stone Lock, also a listed structure, is of conventional construction. There is a small circular 'lengthman's' hut adjacent to the lock.

Nearby points of interest

'PLUTO Tanks': There were at least ten fuel tanks, measuring appox 80 ft diameter and 10 ft deep, sunk into the hill overlooking the canal, and presumably served by the adjacent railway. They are said to have been constructed as part of the WW2 PLUTO (Pipeline Under The Ocean system).

Beeston Reclamation Yard: This is a large yard containing items of architectural salvage for sale, overlooked by a former L&NWR signalbox. One of the buildings, at the base of the 'PLUTO Tanks' hill, was evidently a fuel pumping station. Its walls are lined with white tiles, and the wall backing on to the hillside, is pierced by steel pipes.


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Sources of Information

  1. [1] Wikipedia: Chester Canal