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Latitude: 52.7088 / 52°42'31"N
Longitude: -3.0964 / 3°5'47"W
OS Eastings: 326022
OS Northings: 312917
OS Grid: SJ260129
Mapcode National: GBR B2.2GB0
Mapcode Global: WH79J.D5RN
Entry Name: Bank Lock
Listing Date: 29 February 1996
Last Amended: 29 February 1996
Source ID: 16737
Building Class: Transport
Location: Immediately S of the bridge that carries Coppice Lane over the Montgomeryshire Canal, E of Bank Farm, 4km approx N of Welshpool
Community: Welshpool (Y Trallwng)
Traditional County: Montgomeryshire
History: The Montgomeryshire Canal was built as far as Garthmyl between 1794-7, engineered by John and Thomas Dadford. Between 1819 and 1831, G.W.Buck was engineer to the Montgomeryshire Canal Eastern Branch, and introduced a distinctive system of lock ground-sluice control in 1831: these remain in situ at this lock. In the 1880's and 1890's, an extensive programme of repair was carried out by the Shropshire Union Canal and Railway Company, and it is likely that while the lock was part of the early engineering of the canal, it was substantially repaired or rebuilt in the later C19.
Description: Blue brick lined chamber with stone copings and timber gates. Cast-iron ground-sluice controls. There is a small blue brick hut on either side of the lock; curved red- brick retaining wall to platform above falling tow-path level to NE of lock.
A good, well-preserved example of a typical Montgomeryshire Canal lock.
Reference: Stephen Hughes, The Archaeology of the Montgomeryshire Canal, 1988, p24-5.
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