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Lock No. 14

Lock No. 14, inspiration for a Bicentenary brass plaque

This photograph looking at Lock 14 from Lock 15 locktail bridge, thought to be taken in the sixties, shows a much harsher scene than the present-day shot below, which has been softened by the growth of trees and shrubs.

Lock 14 in the sixties
Lock 14 in the sixties

Of course there were some advantages to fewer trees in that you got a much better view in those days. The building with the black and white gable to the left was the Liberal Club on Stockport Road, sadly no longer there, and Hollins House in Memorial Park can be made out in the background too.

Lock 14 in the winter of 2009/10
Lock 14 in the winter of 2009/10

During the winter of 2017 the Canal and River Trust replaced the gates in Lock 14 and and also held an Open Day to let people see inside a drained lock.

New gates being installed in Lock 14 during January 2017New gates being installed in Lock 14 during January 2017

Canal and River Trust Open Day, 23 January 2017Canal and River Trust Open Day, 23 January 2017

It was the photograph of Lock 14 below, looking in the opposite direction towards Lock 15, that was used to create the design for a brass plaque to commemorate the Bicentenary of Marple Locks' original construction in 1804.

This photo was the inspiration for the Locks Bicentenary plaque
This photo of Lock 14 was the basis for the Locks Bicentenary plaque

The Marple Website designed the plaque on behalf of the newly formed Marple Locks Heritage Society (now folded) who organised the first Canal Festival on 3rd July 2004 to celebrate the 200th anniversary, and subsequent Locks Festivals until the last one in 2015. The following series of images show how the design was created and turned into metal:

step1 - convert to black and white
Step1 - convert to black and white

Step 2 - pick-out the key features
Step 2 - pick-out the key features

The final design
The final design

The finished article
The finished article

Photo credits:
Lock 14 in the snow - Terry Wood.
Canal and River Trust repairs and Open Day - Arthur M Procter.
Lock 14 plaque inspiration and design - Mark Whittaker.
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