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Hatton Top Lock in the Snow.

Hatton Top Lock.

Hatton Top Lock: Looking beautiful in the snow.

Looking beautiful in the snow.

As we were still frozen in, instead of cruising up the flight, I walked up. I was rewarded by this superb view of Hatton Top Lock in the morning sun.Known as the “Stairway to Heaven”, this flight of 21 locks in just under 2 miles, was opened in 1799 and originally part of the Warwick & Birmingham Canal. In 1929, a number of canals merged to become the Grand Union Canal.

In 1932, work started to convert this canal to a wide one. This involved replacing all the narrow locks with wide ones. The new locks were built out of concrete – a revolutionary new material at that time.

Most of the new locks were immediately alongside the old. However, Hatton Top Lock is slightly different. The new lock is situated further to the left. If you look at the remaining brickwork of the old lock, you can see the indentation where which housed the bottom lock gate.

Photograph Details:

  • Taken: 12 December 2017
  • Camera: Canon 5D MkIII
  • Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm 1:2.8 L II USM
  • Focal Length 24mm
  • F/7.1
  • 1/160 Sec
  • ISO 100

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