Gothersley Lock on the Staffs and Worcs Canal

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Ian Stehbens on March 4, 2009

Hi Peter,

This piece of engineering is not understood here. Do you mind explaining it to me, please.


pedrocut on March 4, 2009


I presume this is a form of sluice to remove the excess water level in the canal. It was, I think, the first round one that I have noticed. It looks so elaborate to warrant a mention in the Canal Guide, but alas it is not.

The Staffs and Worcs Canal runs close to the sandstone ridge running from Kidderminster to Wombourne, as seen here at Stourton, and in trying to find something out I came across the fact that at Kinver, a few miles south of Stourton, there is a waterworks near the canal that pumps water from a vast underground lake below the sandstone ridge.

Thanks for the interesting query and I will try to find out more!

Regards, Peter

pedrocut on October 11, 2010

Hi Ian

I think that this structure is called a Lobster Pot Weir engineered by the great canal builder James Brindley. There are a few others on the Staffs and Worcs Canal.

Strangely I cannot as yet find any info1

Regards Peter

pedrocut on December 25, 2010

Start of a circular walk to Prestwood, along the Stourbridge and Staffs and Worcs Canals (22 photos)

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