London: Camden Lock Drainage by The Canal & River Trust

by Sasha Wilkins on November 18, 2013 · 5 comments

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The end of last week was Not Good on the tech front: you may have noticed a lacuna in posting; this was caused by a back end problem with the site. Then my printer went kaput, followed by, just to cap it all, my entire iPhoto library disappearing, necessitating a long, long session at the Apple Genius bar on Saturday night in Covent Garden, when I really could have been doing something a little more fulfilling. (Although I did self-reward for my toils at the tech altar with a Shake Shack visit.)

But HUGE thanks to Apple tech Andrew who made all good again (I’d also like to raise a paean to the Dropbox gods).

So I decompressed on Saturday afternoon by walking a few blocks to Camden Lock to investigate the canal lock chamber draining that takes place every 25 years. This is what the south side of the twin lock looks like.

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Here’s what was happening on the north side. The blue plastic on the bottom right is covering the dam keeping the water out of the lock chamber.

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The view from the north side.

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Left hand side as normal, right hand side completely drained, with a scaffolding staircase built down into the deep, now empty chamber, and full of yellow jacketed workers.

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And some very, very lucky members of the public who managed to sign up for the tours – they were massively over subscribed on a turn up basis.

Camden Lock Drainage

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There’s more info on the nationwide upkeep of the canals project over on the Canal & River Trust site here.

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Caroline November 19, 2013 at 10:37

aaah, ‘My Motherboard, My self’ – how awful for you.
I remember that area in the summer. Quite a few walks from KX to the lock – everyone languishing around on the walk back. Cans galore and a distinctive smell in the air!! What a summer. It’s great to read this update – it was certainly due for a clean and dredge, I think.

On a separate note, did you blog about the Cheapside Hoard? I’m sure I remember something on Philip Treacy hats? I didn’t read it because I didn’t want to plagiarise as I knew I would go – but I want to put a link back to yours (if that’s ok) when I post my blog

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Sasha Wilkins November 19, 2013 at 12:10

@Caroline: Hi Caroline. Wow: good memory! I actually wrote about the Cheapside Hoard in The Wall Street Journal, in the cover feature that I wrote about antique jewellery.

http://www.libertylondongirl.com/2013/10/04/journalism-antique-jewellery-for-the-wall-street-journal-europe/

And, yes, every twenty five years must leave it seriously in need of a dredge, esp when you think of all the people who pass through Camden Lock each year.

LLGxx

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Rosie @1ManBandAccts November 19, 2013 at 10:54

I only found out about this afterwards. So disappointed, I’m a canal buff :)

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Sasha Wilkins November 19, 2013 at 12:11

@Rosie @1ManBandAccts: I know! I read about it online on Saturday and by the time I got down there all the spots were filled. SO. GUTTED. !

LLGxx

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Southbourne Gardens November 19, 2013 at 23:38

Woe re the tech, hoping all is sorted. Wanting to show D. these photos but know he’ll be really cross that he didn’t know about it.

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