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Photo-a-Day  (Thursday, 11th April, 2013)

Old lock gates

Old lock gates
The old Lock Gates on the canal at Pennington Flash - remind me of a giant wooden book!

Photo: Janice Freeman  (Nikon D7000 @ F8 1/400.)
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Comment by: Mick on 11th April 2013 at 00:04

They look like stacked books to me as well and I think to make these sculptures of of the old gates is a great idea.

Comment by: Ellen on 11th April 2013 at 00:13

Interesting picture, Janice. Can't decide what they remind me of....Perhaps a little like Easter Island???

Comment by: Ellen on 11th April 2013 at 00:16

...but only just a very little. Mmmm, folks will tell me I've lost my marbles!

Comment by: Ken R on 11th April 2013 at 00:27

Interesting. They look like they were for a deep lock, although you have nothing to accurately judge the height.

Comment by: Andrew Whalley on 11th April 2013 at 01:00

I walked past these a few weeks ago, while walking my dog, and i couldnt believe how enormous they are. Great picture

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 11th April 2013 at 05:10

Wondered what it was when scrolling down to the title. Thought it would be a sculpture. They don`t look safe - one push on end one and like ring-a-ring o`roses, they all fall down lol.
Dave (Oy) has photo`s of this `Unlock` sculpture on ShutterNutters :-

Comment by: Lizzie down under on 11th April 2013 at 06:00

Hey Janice them's big old lock gates.....nice pic, will put it in my album.....cheers!!!

Comment by: Bradshaws Girl on 11th April 2013 at 08:19

Never thought i would be impressed by lock gates.....but i am.
Great pic Janice.

Comment by: A.W. on 11th April 2013 at 09:40

It's a fantastic artistic image, the variation in texture on the old wood adds a lot of interest.

Comment by: Ron D on 11th April 2013 at 10:25

I Don't think they have ever been used . I se no rot or water marks.

Comment by: Neil Rigby on 11th April 2013 at 13:21

The splayed arrangement of the gates represents the opening of a gate when in use (IMHO).

Comment by: Linda on 11th April 2013 at 14:31

Very interesting photo. I've never seen lock gates from this perspective before and it's the first time I've heard they are there. Will have to go and have a look!
Well done Janice

Comment by: David Barker on 11th April 2013 at 14:32

Interesting photo Janice,have a look next time I visit ,lock gates are made of Oak ,good video here showing construction.

Comment by: Catherine on 11th April 2013 at 16:26

What a great idea! Love the photo. I'll have to try to get there next time I'm across the Pond.

Comment by: Harry C. on 12th April 2013 at 08:10

Interesting photo, I wonder why they are not in use, as Ron says they don't look used, I would like to see someone stood next to them to judge the height, must go and see them. H.

Comment by: Fred Cunliffe on 12th April 2013 at 16:59

Guessing at about 7metres tall,I had the privelidge of blasting the new shafts for the new steel lock gates at Glasson dock in Liverpool in the early 1970's,those were gigantic,look at the depth of the canal locks,taking into account the depth of water at the lowest point and you will see why these gates are so big.

Comment by: Derek Callaghan on 14th April 2013 at 17:29

I can't decide whether or not that is a door at the base of the 1st gate. If it is, perhaps someone could enlighten me. If not, then i'll make an appointment with specsavers. It is an interesting picture though. Never seen a lock gate out of water before.

Comment by: Ken R on 8th December 2017 at 18:45

Derek, the door you can see is a sliding trap door, opened by a long shaft and screw up to the top of the gate, used on each lock gate to balance the water level and pressure on each side of the gate.

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