Heritage advisor Judy Jones takes us around the Thornes Lock Winter Open Day.
Thornes Lock sits on the Calder & Hebble Navigation, near Wakefield. The navigation runs for 21 miles from the Aire & Calder Navigation at Wakefield to Sowerby Bridge, and was one of the first navigable waterways into the Pennines. The eminent English civil engineer, John Smeaton was responsible for transforming the Calder and Hebble rivers into a navigable waterway.
The old lock, now redundant, together with the later lock and its extension are all Grade 2 listed, and our Open Day saw hundreds of people pass through the dewatered, historic chamber.
The work carried out by the heritage team is extremely varied, covering all sorts of structures and a wide variety of projects. Not one week is the same and we keep learning all the time, meeting some fascinating people and visiting stunning places along the way. We are hoping that through our blogs we can share some of our passion for the amazing industrial heritage of the inland waterways.See more blogs from Heritage team