Harlow Mill Lock

 

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HARLOW MILL

 

 

Lock State Date Length Length - Working Distance Width Fall
Harlow Mill Lock Built in brick 1766/9 90' 0'' 87' 0'' 13' 6'' 8' 9''
Harlow Mill Lock Rebuilt in brick/concrete 1912 90' 0'' 87' 0'' 13' 6'' 8' 9''

Griggs’ Report 1844:No 8 Lock called Harlow Brick Lock is affected by a mill. The brickwork below the lower gates is rounding next the horse (no Occupation Bridge at this lock). The brickwork next the horse in the lock is bulged and out of repair. The upper gates in good repair dated 1829. The lower gates dated 1817 are old and weak. Depth of water on the lower sill 3’ 3’’. No 4 Lock house at Harlow Brick Lock in good repair. The wharfing from Harlow Lock to the last poplar tree is in good repair. The wharfing from this tree to the Turnpike Road Bridge in middling repair.

Beardmore’s Report  1870: Harlow Lock is in good repair 

Childs’ Report 1880: Harlow; Brick built, about ¼ has recently been refaced recently, remainder requires doing. Upper gates fair but hanging posts bad require renewing and sill lowering 1 foot. Lower gates deepened in 1859 and new gates put in, now in fair condition. This lock will require an outlay of about £500 within a couple of years. Fall about 8’ 6’’. Lockhouse plaster built and slated (date 1803) wood buildings in fair repair.

Childs' 1884 Report: "Brick built, one side refaced recently., other side requires doing.. Upper gates bad, but new ones ready for fixing; Hanging posts bad, require renewing and sill lowering 1 foot: Lower gates deepened in 1859 and new gates in - now in fair condition. This lock will require an outlay of about £500 within a couple of years - fall about 8' 6''. Lockhouse, plaster built and slated (date 1803) , wood buildings in fair repair."

Tween's 1901 Report: "Brick built. South side good, North side very bad and bulged out. Upper gates, 1884, in good order. Lower gates 1859.  Gates in very bad condition.  This lock will require an outlay of about £400.  Lowers sill should be lowered 6 inches. Fall about 8' 6'', the greatest on the river. Lockhouse, plaster built, and slated (date 1803).  Wood buildings in fair repair."

 

The Mill was next to the lock, where a sluice gate now stands.  The mill was demolished in the first half of the 20th century.

 

Harlow Mill Lock was one of only two brick-sided lock chambers built when the Navigation was canalised between 1766 and 1769. The chamber was too deep and the mill too close to build safely a turf-sided lock.

 

The timber-framed lock house was built in 1803 but was replaced by British Waterways in the 1960’s.

 

 

 

The date and composition of this postcard suggest that this is possibly Henry Clayden and Frederick Ward standing outside the house on or soon after 31.3.1901.  See the census record below.

 

13.7.1912 "The lower gates of this lock collapsed...the offside gate is in the bottom of the lock and the other one is completely shattered and is now pointing the reverse way.  I am glad to say that no-one was hurt, the lock was being filled at the time...I am preparing plans for new gates with a deeper sill to give us increased depth of water"  C Tween (LMA/ACC 2423/012)

 

In 2008 this sculpture "The Flowing River" by Antony Lycycia was erected on the eastern side of the lock chamber. The words paraphrase the legend on the missing plaque from Latton Lock house.

 

 

Harlow Mill Lock House

 

Census/Date

Name|||

Title

Wife

Location given by enumerator/Comments

Source Reference

1961 Grimwade   Appointed  
1961 Allan McLean Tait Lock keeper Transferred to Limehouse Lock Eddy Tait
1950 Allan McLean Tait Lock keeper Appointed ex Carpenters Road Lock at £4.15.0;  . £4.18.6 from 2.8.1950; Last recorded r.o.p £7.14.11 n.d. LCB Records

1.4.1939

F G Mitchell

Lock keeper

To £1.7.0

NA Rail 845/123

1.4.1938

F G Mitchell

Lock keeper

£1.5.0 to £1.6.0

NA Rail 845/122

8.10.1937

Frederick George Mitchell

Lock keeper

Appointed at 25/- per week with uniform, house and garden

NA Rail 845/121

19.7.1935

C B Lawrence (72)

Lock keeper

Retired

NA/Rail 845/119

31.10.1930

C B Lawrence (67)

Lock keeper

2 years service.  21/- per week and house.  One daughter

NA Rail 845/114

5.10.1928

Edgar White

Lock keeper

Increase to £1.1s (minimum wage)

NA Rail 845/112

27.7.1928

Edgar White (47)

Lock keeper

Army pension of £1 per week, applied.

"...known to Sir Edmund Barnard who no doubt  will give you his views"

NA Rail 845/112

LMA ACC 2423/025

13.7.1928

F Trussell (64)

Lock keeper

Off duty last 16 weeks, relieved by R Brown, (35/- per week).  Trussell’s wages were 19/- per week.  He be given 1 weeks notice

NA Rail 845/112

1.8.1924

F Trussell (60)

Lock keeper

Ex P C for 25 years.  Appointed

NA Rail 845/108

1.8.1924

J Salmon

Lock keeper

Died 15.7.1924.  Pension continued to widow (who died 28.12.1925)

NA Rail 845/108

LMA ACC 2423/023

25.5.1923

Ernest Morris (47)

Lock keeper

Appointed at 17/- per week

NA/Rail 845/107  

25.5.1923

J Salmon

Lock keeper

Retired with pension of 8/- per week

NA Rail 845/107

3.5.1923

Medical Certificate from Dr F N Day M.B. "I certify that Joseph Salmon is suffering from Atheroma of Vessels and Vertigo" ...he is unable to carry out his duties as Lock keeper LMA ACC 2423/020

13.4.1923

J Salmon (72)

Lock keeper

Unwell since 21.3.1923, relieved at cost of £1.11.3d per week.... a medical certificate must be obtained

NA Rail 845/107

14.11.1919

J Salmon

Lock keeper

17/- per week + house, garden, and uniform

NA/Rail 845/46

5.2.1918

J Salmon

Lock keeper

15/- per week

NA /Rail 845/66

4.3.1915

J Salmon

Lock keeper

+2/- per week

NA Rail 845/42

13.10.1911

Joseph Salmons

Lock keeper 

Into the service of the Board at 13/- per week (Brother of B Salmon at Spellbrook Lock)

NA/Rail 845/38

2.4.1911

Joseph Salmon (60) Lock keeper Elizabeth The Lock House (Harlow) RG14PN9794 RG78PN517 RD189 SD3 ED1 SN209

31.3.1901

Henry G Clayden (30)

Carpenter (foreman)

Ellen

The Lock house (Harlow Mill)

Ex/Harlow/1/35

31.3.1901 

Frederick Ward (18)

Lock boy on the R Stort

~

The Lock house (Harlow Mill)

Ex/Harlow/1/35

6.11.1891

William Turner

 

 

Transferred as  weirkeeper at Newmans Weir

NA Rail 845/26

5.4.1891

William Dorrington (29)

Carpenter 

Fanny

London Road Lock house

Ex/Harlow/1/18

4.4.1881

Charles Dorrington (45)

Lock keeper

Susanna

The Lock house (Harlow Mill)

Ex/Harlow/1/46

2.4.1871

William Carter (42)

Lock keeper

Ellen

Lock House

Ex/Harlow/1/7

8.4.1861

William Carter (63)

Lock keeper

Francis (sic)

Lock House

Ex/Harlow/1/29

30.3.1851

William Carter (54)

Lock keeper

Frances

Lock House (William 22)

Ex/Harlow/6a/38

7.6.1841

William Carter (40)

Lab

Frances

Lock House

Ex/Harlow/1/17

11.6.1833

James Spellow     Harlow Mill Lockhouse Essex RO D/DU 289/52
           
             

 

 

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