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Description: Flight of 10 Locks,to North and South of Caisson House
Date Listed: 5 May 1982
English Heritage Building ID: 32448
OS Grid Reference: ST7407460178
OS Grid Coordinates: 374074, 160178
Latitude/Longitude: 51.3401, -2.3736
ST 76 SW COMBE HAY COURSE OF DISUSED SOMERSET COAL
Flight of 10 locks, to north and
5.5.82 south of Caisson House,
Flight of 10 disused locks; originally part of a flight of 19 locks four of
which have been destroyed and five of which are in the Civil Parish of South
Stoke. Circa 1805 for the Somerset Coal Canal Company. The Surveyor was
William Smith, "the Father of British Geology" and the engineer for this flight
was probably William Bennet. Remains of 10 locks of standard dimensions
approximately 70 feet long and 7 feet wide. Ashlar retaining walls survive to
about 10-12 feet high; the entrance and exit walls are battered and splayed.
Some remains of sluices and culverts; many locks retain lower gates and some
retain the upper gates. The fourth lock from the west has a milestone on its
north side and an affixed cast iron plate reads: "4/MILES". This flight of
locks represents the final and successful attempt to achieve the change in
level on the Paulton branch of the canal. The site of the caisson lock (the
first attempt) is to the west of the fifth lock from the west - and the site of
the inclined plane (the second attempt) is also in the same area. (K.R. Clew
The Somersetshire Coal Canal and Railways).
Listing NGR: ST7407460178
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Source: English Heritage
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