Monument details

HER Number:298/1/3
Type of record:Archaeology
Name:Beeston Cast Iron Lock


Beeston Cast Iron Lock is situated on the Shropshire Union Canal. It was constructed by Telford in 1827-28. The sides are of cast iron plates and there are double iron gates at upper end. The old line of the canal is visible north of the lock. Masonry blocks mark the site of overflow weir. It was built to overcome the problems of acute loss of water due to unstable foundations. The lock chamber itself and its immediate approaches are lined with cast iron plates. The date of the lock's construction is painted on one cast iron plate. This cast-iron lock is unique and portrays another innovative use of cast- iron by Telford. Born in Scotland in 1757, Thomas Telford was first a stonemason then later a bridge and road engineer. He was responsible for many innovative engineering projects, including the Iron Bridge of Coalbrookdale, the Menai Bridge in Wales and the Pontcysyllte aqueduct which carries the Ellesmere canal over the River Dee.


Monument Types

  • CANAL TRANSPORT SITE (Canal route, Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • COMMUNICATIONS (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • LOCK (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 1006759: Beeston Cast Iron Lock

Related records

10101/1/0Related to: Chester Canal Company Branch (Monument)
10101/0/0Related to: Shropshire Union Canal (Monument)

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