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HACKNEY BRICK CISTERN OR HOMERTON LOCK

 

 

Lock State Date Length Length - Working Distance Width Fall Removed or bypassed
Hackney Brick Cistern Lock Built  1769         1862

 

26.12.1767 The Clerk to advertise for contractors to dig the Hackney Cut (NA Rail 845/50

 

 

On 27.11.1779 "...it was ordered that the Locks in Hackney Marsh and at Old Ford be forthwith repaired..." (NA Rail 845/51)

 

On 12.1.1780 it was “Resolved that the following Locks be repaired with all convenient speed Viz. … Hackney Marsh Brick Cistern Lock And It Is Ordered that the Surveyor do repair the same as he shall find them absolutely necessary” (NA Rail 845/5).

 

6.3.1793  “Also at this meeting it is ordered that the Clerk of this Trust do write Dr Newcome of Hackney to prevent his Schoolboys drawing the Slackers of the Navigation for Bathing”  (NA Rail 845/6)

 

20.11.1793  “And that new gates, Posts, Slacker Frames and Bridge be made to Hackney Cistern.  (NA Rail 845/7)

 

14.10.1813  A lock house to be built at Hackney Brick Cistern (NA Rail 845/8).  The plan below was prepared by James Griggs in 1844

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LMA ACC 2423/P724                                                                                  LMA ACC 2423/P/457

                                                                                                            

A minute of 21.3.1861 records (the chamber’s) imminent removal (NA Rail 845/15). Later that year the navigation was dredged back to Pond Lane and the brickwork of the chamber was finally removed in March 1864 (NA Rail 845/15).

 

16.3.1888 "That the old Homerton Lock house (called "Brick Lock Cottage") be let to John Palmer of 21 Glyn Road, Clapton Park, Clapton; Rent £18, and a piece of the River Bank £3, on a quarterly tenancy as from Ladyday 1888, in the place of Thomas William Kentisher, who has occupied the place for the past 30 years; (NA Rail 845/25)

15.4.1910 Jane Stannard, tenant of the Old Lock Cottage has died and her son has applied for the tenancy  (NA Rail 845/37)

 

13.5.1910 Decision that the cottage be occupied by one of the Board's River Constables (NA Rail 845/25)

 

This led to the house being radically altered as shown in the plans below dated 1911.

 

Original                                                                            Altered

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All from LMA ACC 2423 P014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The lock house thus became a residence for Board employees until its demolition in 1946. (See note 18.1.1924 at Lea Bridge)

 

Hackney Brick Cistern or Homerton Lock

Census/Date

Name

Title

Wife

Location given by enumerator/Comments

Source Reference

10.1851

William Willburn

 

Deceased.  Lock keeper at Hackney for 14 years. Widow granted 2/- per week pension. (see below)

NA Rail 845/14

Letter from Mr Pulley of the Hackney Union, Homerton, Oct 9th 1851...I am directed by the Guardians of the Poor of this Union to solicit the attention of the Trustees of the River Lea Navigation to the case of Sarah Wilburn the widow of Henry Wilburn who is lately deceased and was prior to and up to the time of his decease for Twenty Five years a Lock keeper to the Trustees.....She is forty two years of age and has a family of four children - three getting out in the world and one is entirely dependant upon her.  She seems a very well conducted woman and deserving of any consideration that the nature of the case at your hands as the Widow of an Old Servant to a Public Body who it is believed discharges his duties faithfully for the long period of Twenty Years can command...  the place of settlement is St Andrews, Hertford, to which she does not wish to be removed as a pauper and here is ot a case for admission into the Hackney Union....(NA Rail 845/14)

7.6.1841

William Willborn (30)

Lock keeper

Sarah

Brick Lock in Marsh

Mx/St John Hackney/Hackney/20/8

21.3.1837

(Henry) William Willborne

Lock keeper

Transferred from Hertford

NA Rail 845/11

21.3.1837

William Johnson

Lock keeper

Transferred to Cheshunt

NA Rail 845/11

18.9.1832

William Johnson

Lock keeper

In place of T Smith

NA Rail 845/11

21.8.1832

Thomas Smith

Lock keeper

Deceased

NA Rail 845/11

18.5.1824

Thomas Smith

Lock keeper

Appointed

NA Rail 845/9

16.3.1824

Thomas Judd

Lock keeper

Deceased

NA Rail 845/9

11.3.1819

James Burton

Lock keeper

On the Hackney Cutt be allowed 1/- a barge for taking an account of those unloading in that Cutt in order to avoid their paying the Tolls due at Lee Bridge

NA Rail 845/9

6.12.1810

James Harris

Walksman

Appointed

NA Rail 845/8

6.12.1810

James Guest

Walksman

Discharged

NA Rail 845/8

10.10.1792

James Guest

Walksman

Appointed in his stead

NA Rail 845/6

10.10.1792

John Hanchent

Walksman

Discharged for neglect of Duty

NA Rail 845/6

 
     
     

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