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.

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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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