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Lock No. 16

Lock No. 16 - Top Lock

Lock 16 is better know as Top Lock, a name given to the whole area, rather than just the lock itself. In the panoramic shot below Top Lock House dominates the view from Bridge number 1 of the Macclesfield Canal. It was originally built by Samuel Oldknow, who had a boat-building yard adjacent, and it's thought that the manager of the yard first lived in the house.

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From 1840 to about 1935 the boatyard was operated by the Jinks family, who lived at Top Lock House. On a larger copy of the old photograph below, the words on the sign over the wooden shed next to the house can just about be made out as 'R. JINKS, Horse Shoer & General Smith'. Probably the best known member of the family was James Jinks who served for many years as a local councillor and also as chairman of Marple Urban District Council.

Jinks' Boatyard, Horse Shoer and General SmithJinks' Boatyard, Horse Shoer and General Smith

The area around Top Lock had a much more industrial appearance before commercial traffic ceased due to the dominance of the railways, as can be seen from the picture above and the two below of Lock 16. The firs tone showing the toll house is particularly spartan, without a blade of grass in sight.

Top Lock looking down Lockside, apart from cars, virtually unchanged! Top Lock looking down Lockside, apart from cars, virtually unchanged!

A very attractive and peaceful view of Top Lock, not very different today apart from the motor cars of course.A very attractive and peaceful view of Top Lock

 

Photo credits:
Panoramic view of Top Lock - Mark Whittaker.
Historic Images: The Marple Website Virtual History Tour
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