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Report - Lock Keeper's Cottage, Grantham, Lincolnshire - November 2014


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Heard about this place a few months ago, decided to give it a try.

History: (Found here: http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-1411556-lock-house-on-the-grantham-canal-stenwi)

The Lock House at Stenwith is presumed to have been built to house the lock keeper responsible for Lock 19 on the Grantham Canal. The canal was opened in 1797, the longest of the ten canals in the region to have been engineered by the notable canal engineer William Jessop. It was 33 miles long, with 18 locks and 69 overbridges, and attained its most profitable return in 1841.

Traffic and business declined following the canal's acquisition by the Grantham to Nottingham Railway Company in 1861, although it remained in use until 1936, when it was closed by the then owners, the London and North East Railway. With the nationalisation of the railways in 1947, the canal network was largely nationalised too, and in 1963, the canal became the responsibility of the British Waterways Board. The Board placed the canal in a 'remaindered' state in 1968, keeping the watercourse in water, but not in a navigable state.

The development of the canal system brought with it not only the engineering of a complex network of canals, locks, reservoirs, bridges and aqueducts, but also a range of buildings needed to service and maintain the canals. These included dwellings for lengthmen and lock keepers, stables, boatyards, chandleries and warehouses. The management of traffic through locks, and their associated winding areas was often a complex and time-consuming operation, with the lock keeper being responsible not only for traffic, but also for ensuring the sound working condition of the lock chamber, gates and sluice mechanisms. Accommodation close to the lock chamber was often deemed to be necessary, as can be seen at the Stenwith Lock House. It is not known when exactly the Lock House was built, but it appears to date to the end of the C18 or the early C19, a little after the opening of the canal in 1797, and to have remained in use until at least the operational decline and closure of the canal in the early C20.

The Lock House at Stenwith is associated with the Grantham Canal and thought to have been built for occupation by the canal lock keeper. It is likely to date from the late-C18 or early-C19, the canal, engineered by William Jessop, having opened in 1797.

According to this article it has been on the property market since around 2007:

The photos were taken with a camera phone (again!) so the quality isn't so good.


Quick photo of me

Stopped clock:

Upstairs bedroom, looking rather wrecked:

Old tea making kit:

Side of the house:


Post addressed to the previous occupier:

Anyway, thanks for looking, I hope to get myself a better camera soon :thumb