Description: Sluice and Road Bridge at Outfall of Snow Sewer/Warping Drain into the River Trent
Date Listed: 10 September 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 165208
OS Grid Reference: SK8137499448
OS Grid Coordinates: 481374, 399448
Latitude/Longitude: 53.4855, -0.7751
SK 89 NW OWSTON FERRY SOUTH STREET
15/144 Sluice and road bridge at
outfall of Snow
Sewer/Warping Drain into
the River Trent
Sluice and road bridge. Probably 1760s-70s with later repairs. Ashlar.
East and west sides have three segmental-headed arches with central pair of
flat-topped cutwaters and flanking revetment walls splayed-out to each side,
coped parapet above between rectangular piers. The east side has vertical
slots in the cutwaters and revetment walls for former sluice gates. The
west side has the remains of the hinged timber sluice gates to the central
channel; side channels now filled with earth. The Snow Sewer was cut, or
re-cut, by Vermuyden in the 1620s-30s. The flood gates were destroyed by
rebellious local inhabitants in 1642 and the sluice subsequently repaired.
In 1764 John Smeaton reported on the Axholme drainage and following his
recommendations the sluice was rebuilt with a lower sill. In the C19 the
sluice and drain were also used for warping the adjacent land, a process
whereby silt was deposited by controlled flooding. The sluice was largely
superceded by mechanical pumps in the C20. G Dunston, The Rivers of
Axholme, (no date), p 123; V Cory, Hatfield and Axholme, an Historical
Review, 1986, pp 83-6, p 99.
Listing NGR: SK8137499448
Source: English Heritage
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