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CHESHUNT LOCK

 

Lock State Date Length Length - Working Distance Width Fall Removed or bypassed
Cheshunt Lock Built 1768     13' 5'' 5' 1'' 1922
Cheshunt Lock (Brick & timber) Report 1917     13' 5''    
Cheshunt Lock Rebuilt 1922 90' 0'' 87' 0'' 16' 0'' 5' 1''
 

This lock was called Cheshunt Mill Lock until 1884 but had the less prosaic name of Hundred Acre Lock in the Census returns.

 

The lock house (below) where James Rann lived, was on the offside and recorded on 10.8.1867 as  Rann’s Lockhouse which needed “roof repairs because the rain comes in”.  On 26.10.1877, a survey reported “The wooden rooms of the lockhouse which are below water level are very damp and the Committee recommend that they be pulled down and two rooms built over the existing brick building and the floor of the present living room raised and boarded.” (NA Rail 845/21).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The house pictured above was  altered with the addition of an upper storey (faintly shown in red, below) soon after 1879 and the modified dwelling was insured for £100 on 20.4.1883.  (NA Rail 845/23) 

A comment by Charles Tween on 5th January 1900 "The Lockhouse is a wretched structure, it will be remembered that the Board when on Survey in 1898 instructed me to prepare plans  for a new house "when the funds of the Board would admit", doesn't say much for the quality of the work!

 

                                                                LMA ACC 2423/P039

 

This altered building was replaced by a Lee Conservancy building on the western side of the Navigation at the back of the towing path in 1909

 

 

 

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                 LMA ACC 2423/P337

 

To make the house stable, the foundations were 3’6’’ below the marsh and then carried up to 6’ to meet the Cheshunt U D C requirements. (NA Rail 845/36).  This house was burnt down and the remains demolished after 1975, but it is still possible to trace the foundations of the bow window to the right of the building.

 

 

                                                                 LMA ACC 2423/P40

LMA ACC 2423/P1892

 

 The site plan for the new lock built in 1922, showing the outline of the lock keeper's house.

Cheshunt Lock

Census/Date

Name

Title

Wife

Location given by enumerator/Comments

Source Reference

1.4.1938

F G Phipp

Lock keeper

£1.8.0 to £1.10.0; 9.6.1948 £4.15.0; 2.5.1950 Last recorded r.o.p £4.18.6 (NJIC Award)

NA Rail 845/122 LCB Records

25.7.1936 F G Phipp Lock keeper Away owing to accident, returned to work 31.8.1936 LCB Records
9.1.1935 F G Phipp Lock keeper Appointed ex Dredger hand on "Hercules" at 28/- pw LCB Records

19.7.1935

J W Phipp (71)

Lock keeper

Retired

NA Rail 845/119

2.11.1928

J W Phipp

Lock keeper

28/- per week now as  had to keep a list of barges passing down from Associated Ballast Works

NA Rail 845/112

14.11.1919

J W Phipp

Lock keeper

27/- + house, garden, and uniform

NA Rail 845/46

15.2.1918

J W Phipp

Lock keeper

22/- per week

NA Rail 845/66

1.12.1916

J W Phipp

Lock keeper

£2 war bonus

NA Rail 845/43

4.3.1915

J W Phipp

Lock keeper

+2/- per week

NA Rail 845/42

2.2.1912

 Phipps

Lock keeper

Also Fishery Keeper between Kings Weir and Fishers Green on the Old River at £4 per year (The work principally consists of keeping a look-out for poachers on Sundays. - C Tween)

NA Rail 845/39 LMA/ACC 2423/012

2.4.1911 James William Phipp (47) Lock keeper Alice Cheshunt Lock House, Cheshunt RG14PN7458 RG78PN360 RD132 SD8 ED8 SN212

7.1.1910

William James Phipps (44)

Lock keeper

Appointed

NA Rail 845/37

11.12.1909

Robert Gull

Lock keeper

Died 30.10.1909.  Mrs Gull (66) continued to do his job for the same wages until relieved.  Given gratuity of £1 and a pension of 5/- per week. (She died 31.8.1914)

NA Rail 845/37

 NA Rail 845/41

30.4.1909

Robert Gull (63)

Lock keeper

Appointed (been a carpenter for the Board for 38 years)

NA Rail 845/36

2.4.1909

Thomas B Holdsworth

Lock keeper

Transferred to Hardmead Lock

NA Rail 845/36

6.2.1903

Thomas B Holdsworth

Lock keeper

Appointed

NA Rail 845/31

23.1.1903

Henry William Steers

Lock keeper

Appointed but resigned because the house was not large enough for his requirements.

NA Rail 845/31 and LMA ACC 2423/006

9.1.1903

W Jardine

Lock keeper

Sudden death on 28.12. 1902. 2 years 8 months with Board. Widow but no family.  Has applied to stay with her nephew (19) to work the lock .  This was refused by the Board and she was given £5 towards the funeral

NA Rail 845/31 and LMA ACC 2423/006

31.3.1901

William Jardine (51)

Lock keeper

Sarah

Cheshunt Lock

Cheshunt/5/28

2..2.1900

William Jardine (53)

Lock keeper

Appointed.  Married , no family. "He was for 27 years foreman of the Telegraph and Telephones G.P.O wires along our river."

NA Rail 845/29

19.1.1900 Mrs Norton, the widow of the late Lock keeper writes asking if the Board will allow her "a little a week".  I would advise that the Board give her say £5 when she clears out of the house. LMA ACC 2423/028
5.1.1900 Daniel Norton Lock keeper "I have to report the death of Daniel Norton...he has been ill for some time and died on the 23rd ult.." (C Tween) LMA ACC 2423/028

19.5.1893

Daniel Norton

Lock keeper

Cautioned to be more civil in his conduct

NA Rail 845/27

19.5.1893 "Respecting the charge made against Norton....of incivility to one of the boatmen on the River. I have enquired into the matter and find that it is much exaggerated - the man Norton is certainly not one of the most refined and courteous men on the River being very rough in his manner and speech naturally but he is one of the best Lock keepers on the River and has worked on the Navigation all his life.  Our Lock keepers have a great deal to put up with from the boating people, many of whom seem to think the Navigation is kept up for their sole benefit and pleasure and I have continued letters of complaint from them of the bargemen and lock keepers not attending to their unreasonable and frequently insolent demands but on the whole if the boating people will only conform to the rules and regulations of the Navigation they will find no obstruction or inattention from either lock keepers or bargemen" (J Child) (LMA ACC 2423/004)

12.7.1892

Daniel Norton

Lock keeper

Appointed at Survey

NA Rail 845/26

1.1.1892

James Rann

Lock keeper

Deceased after 40 years service. 7/- per week to widow and funeral expenses paid

NA Rail 845/26

5.4.1891

 

 

 

 

No census Record

2.7.1883 James Rann "allowed 5/- per week for a boy to assist him in his work, he being an old and faithful servant of the Board and now partly disabled by illness" NA Rail 845/57

20.4.1883

J Rann

Lock keeper

 Served 35 years.  16/- per week

NA Rail 845/23

4.4.1881

James Rann (66)

Lock keeper

Charlotte

Hundred Acre Lock

Cheshunt/7/23

2.4.1871

Michael Crawley (36)

Lock keeper

Ann

Cottage (Hundred Acre Lock in summary))

Cheshunt/7/22

8.4.1861

James Rann (46)

Lock keeper

Charlot

Lock keeper (Hundred Acre Lock in summary)

Cheshunt/6/22

17.11.1855

James Rann

Lock keeper

14/-/per week

NA Rail 845/14

21.10.1854

James Rann

Lock keeper

12/- up to 14/- per week

NA Rail 845/14

30.3.1851

James Rann (36)

Lock keeper

Charlotte

Lee River bank (Hundred Acre Lock in summary - Hundred Acre was the property on the eastern side of the lock)

Mx/Cheshunt/1c/22

1848

James Rann

Lock keeper

Appointed

NA Rail 845/23

7.6.1841

 

 

 

 

No Census Record

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