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KINGS WEIR and KINGS WEIR LOCK

 

Lock State Date Length Length - Working Distance Width Fall Removed or bypassed
Kings Weir   Extant 1741 ~ ~   10' 0''  
Kings Weir Lock Built 1780         1806
Kings Weir Lock Rebuilt 1806         1833
Kings Weir (to Old River Lea) Rebuilt   ~ ~    
 

 

 

The weir marks the junction of the Old Barge River course and the 1767 channel of the Lee Navigation.  A residence was provided for the weir keeper. 

 

On 26th December 1767, the Trustees approved Henry Holland of Half Moon Street, Piccadilly….Bricklayer” to carry out “the Bricklayer’s work faced with Grey Stock Bricks and Backt with the same kind of Bricks or hard Kiln burnt Bricks for the sum of Eight pounds and fifteen shillings a rod”  for the “locks and other works” on  “the cut from King’s Weir to  the West tail stream of Messieurs Walton’s Mills near Waltham”

 

At a meeting on 13th January 1768, the Trustees also approved that Jeremiah Illsley of Hackney, Brickmaker,  should dig “the cut from King’s Weir to  the tail stream of Messieurs Walton’s Mills near Waltham” for “threepence a yard” (NA Rail  845/4)

 

3.11.1779 Mr Edgerly do repair the locks in Waltham Cut....for the sum of £112" (NA Rail 845/51)

 

22.10.1781  “The Collectors House at Kings Weir to be repaired”  (NA Rail 845/6)

 

On 8.12.1783 “it is ordered that the Clerk take the necessary steps for finding out and prosecuting the thieves who broke into the Collector’s House at Kings Weir and for obtaining the King’s Pardon advertised in the Gazette for any accomplice or Accomplices And that this trust do offer a reward of ffifty pounds including the the twenty pounds already offered by the Surveyor” (NA Rail 845/6) 

 

15.6.1785  “do prosecute Alexander Hogan (now in custody) for breaking the Barr of the lock at Kings Weir at the next General Quarter Sessions”  ((NA Rail 845/6) 

 

30.11.1785  “Also at this meeting a Complaint having been made by Desire of Sir Abraham Hume, Baronet, that the Collector at Kings Weir Fishes within the Manor of Wormley under Pretence of Sir Abraham Hume’s Ancestor having sold his Fishery to this Trust, it is resolved that the said Collector be not countenanced by this Trust and it is ordered that he do not interrupt Sir Abraham Hume or any Person under him fishing in these waters.  Also that the Surveyor to this Trust do order the said  Collector and all other Servants of this Trust not to fish anywhere.  (NA Rail 845/6)

 

26.8.1769 "...ordered that the Lock opposite Kings Weir be repaired to prevent any Waste of Water thro' ye same"  (NA Rail 845/52)

 

12.3.1794 It was recorded that  “some Bargemen or other evil disposed person hath lately damaged one of the Lock gates on the Navigation between Kings Weir and Waltham by laying a Stone at the pointing thereof.  It is ordered that a Reward of Five Guineas be offered by Hand Bills to any person who shall give information of the above offence, so that the  offender may be convicted thereof.” (NA Rail 845/7)

 

On 26.10.1820 a minute recorded that “It is ordered that a Bell be put up at the Top of Kings Weir Collector’s House to be rung at anytime upon the approach of any thieves or offenders”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

               LMA ACC 2423

 

 

A plan and transverse section of the weir drawn 28th February 1851

 

A lock was built in 1780, possibly rebuilt following a minute of 29.8.1804 (NA Rail 845/7), but it was disused and opened in 1833 after the river was deepened from Carthagena Lock.  One side of the old lock was removed in a stoppage on 15.5.1849 (NA Rail 845/13)

 

On 20.4.1883, the weir house was insured for £50 (NA Rail 845/23).  Also in that year a new cottage was proposed

but not built.

 

             LMA ACC 2423/P025

 

  Then. in August 1886, a new weir keeper's cottage was designed, which is, basically, the house that stands at the weir today

 

 

           LMA ACC 2423/P025

 

 

 

 

Kings Weir with the Weir House to the left, c 1925.

 

 

 

 

 

Arthur Newton, the weir keeper from 1946 to 1971, fishing at the Weir

(Mrs Barbara Newton)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kings Weir (and Kings Weir Lock)

Census/Date

Name

Title

Wife

Location given by enumerator/Comments

Source Reference

15.1.1950 Herbert George Debenham Relief Weir keeper Started at £4.15.0. Lived at 43 High Road, Wormley.; Still employed 2.8.1950 at £4.18.6.  Last rate quoted £7.14.11 (no date) LCB Records
10.1946 A E Newton Weir keeper Appointed ex Enfield Lock ; £4.15.0 n.d.; £4.18.6 on 2.8.1950; last recorded r.o.p £7.19.11 plus on call allowance 5/- pw; LCB Records

23.7.1946

H T Snook

Weir keeper

Died this day, aged 55, in Board’s service for 13 years.  His pay was £3.15.0 with uniform.  A compassionate grant of £20 was made to his widow

NA Rail 845/127

1.4.1939

H T Snook

Weir keeper

To £1.10.0

NA Rail 845/123

1.4.1938

H T Snook

Weir keeper

£1.7.0 to £1.9.0

NA Rail 845/122

1.4.1937

H T Snook

Weir keeper

£1.5s to £1.7s  (inc house and garden)

NA Rail 845/121

21.6.1933

Henry Thomas Snook (42)

Weir keeper

22 years with Royal Navy, married Appointed  at 25/- per week with house and uniform

NA Rail 845/117

23.6.1933

James  Peckham (68)

Weir Keeper

Complained of the unsatisfactory state of his health. 25/- per week and house garden and uniform.  30 years and 4 months service.  No dependants.  Retired with 10/- per week (inc OAP). 

 Died 1.3.1935

NA Rail 845/117

 

 

 

NA Rail 845/119

24.4.1925.  War Department have installed a telephone in Weir keeper’s house.  From record of “strenuous duties at flood times”  the Weir keeper be paid by the War Department, £1 per quarter  in recompense”  Approved by Conservancy (NA Rail 845/109)

14.11.1919

T Peckham

Weir keeper

25/- + house, garden, and uniform

NA Rail 845/46

15.2.1918

T Peckham

Weir keeper

20/- per week

NA Rail 845/66

1.12.1919

J Peckham

Weir keeper

£2 war bonus

NA Rail 845/43

4.3.1915

J Peckham

Lock keeper

+2/- per week

NA Rail 845/42

14.2.1913

J Peckham

Weir keeper

Appointed. (met with an accident to his knee some time since whilst steering one of our barges - C Tween)

NA Rail 845/40

LMA/ACC 2423/013

14.2.1913

J Campkin

Weir keeper

Transferred to Hertford Lock

NA Rail 845/40

2.4.1911 John Campkin (59) Weir keeper Charlotte Slence House Wormley Broxbourne Hertfordshire RG14PN7470 RG78PN361 RD133 SD1 ED8 SN203

8.1.1909

John Campkin (56)

Weir keeper

Appointed (worked for H Page for 35 years, been a bargeman all his life)

(Originally applied 15.12.1905 for post at Waltham Common Lock, then quoted as "married, two children, at home, youngest child 10 years, worked for Messrs H Page & Co for the past 20 years...))

NA Rail 845/36

LMA/ACC 2423/009

8.1.1909  “William Campkin….died on 18th November 1908 aged 70..married on 4th November 1907, a young woman who is now aged 30.”   “A gratuity of £10 be granted to the widow, on condition that she leaves the house almost immediately…”  (NA Rail 845/35)

11.1.1907

William Campkin

Weir keeper

Suspended from duty for damage and negligence. Severely reprimanded with loss of wages

NA Rail 845/34

Reported: “That this path was very seriously damaged by flood water being allowed to rise considerably above its proper level on the 17th December 1906, a length of about 30ft of the path being washed into the adjoining marsh and two of the new GPO telegraph poles being washed down, and that repairs to the path, &c., were being carried out, the estimated cost being £40 to£50.  Also reported “That the damage was caused through the negligence of weir keeper W Campkin, and that this man had been suspended from duty (with loss of pay) and another man placed in charge of the weir.”  Campkin had been severely reprimanded and warned that such neglect in future would lead to dismissal.  (NA Rail 845/44)

13.1.1905 Letter from W Campkin stating that his daughter refuses to keep house for him at kings Weir and says that Mrs Turner (widow of the late weir keeper) has consented to keep house for him. LMA ACC 2423/009

16.12.1904

William Campkin (66)

Weir keeper

Bargeman to Mr H Ryden for 35 years appointed but with no claim to a pension

NA Rail 845/31

18.11.1904

W Turner (56)

Weir keeper

Deceased.  (£20 grant to Mrs Turner, 54, "a very respectable woman" (C Tween LMA ACC 2324/008)

NA Rail 845/31

31.3.1901

William Turner(52)

Weir keeper

Emily

Kings Weir

Wormley/1/33

3.10.1891

William Turner (41)

Weir keeper

Appointed at 15/- per week and cottage.  6.11.1891"He was not able to commence his duties ....Mrs Norton not having got out of the house." (J Child)

NA Rail 845/26

LMA ACC 2423/004

25.9.1891

Harry Norton

Weir keeper

Drowned. 7/- per week to widow, to leave house within 1 month. £5 Funeral expenses

NA Rail 845/26

5.4.1891

Henry Norton (48)

Weir keeper

Martha

Kings Weir

Wormley/1/29

27.9.1889

H Norton

 

10/- per week up to 15/- per week

NA Rail 845/24

9.12.1887

Henry Norton

Weir keeper

Appointed

NA Rail 845/24

9.12.1887

Daniel Norton

 

Deceased. Sum of £5 paid towards the funeral

NA Rail 845/24

23.7.1886

Daniel Norton

 

* see below

NA Rail 845/24

On the removal of Norton snr to the infirmary, the allowance of 5/- for assistance had been discontinued

20.4.1883

Daniel Norton

Lock keeper 

 Served 41 years (appointed 1841) 15/- per week

NA Rail 845/23

4.4.1881

Daniel Norton (76)

Weir keeper

~

Kings Weir bank of River Lea

Wormley/1/4

4.4.1881

Henry Norton (38)

Weir keeper

Martha

Kings Weir bank of River Lea

Wormley/1/4

14.7.1878  An allowance of an additional 5/- per week to enable Norton to procure assistance in his work (NA Rail 845/21)

12.4.1878 A doctors bill for £1.7.6 for attending Norton’s  hand which was injured by one of the weir gates (NA Rail 845/21)

2.4.1871

Daniel Norton (65)

Weir keeper

Susannah

 

Wormley/1/22

8.4.1861

Daniel Norton (54)

Lock keeper

Susanah

Lock House

Wormley/1/25

20.2.1857 Page who attended to this Weir, having now left, I have put it into charge of D Norton who lives in the adjacent house...Page had 19/- per week and Norton will be glad to accept the same, and do such repairs to the banks andtowing path as may be required; of course having his tenancy free..... NA Rail 845/14
15.3.1856 John Page His request to remain in the King's Weir House be not granted NA Rail 845/14

17.11.1855

John Page

Weir keeper

10/- per week

NA Rail 845/14

21.10.1854

John Page

 

15/- per week

NA Rail 845/14

30.3.1851

 

 

Susanah Norton (54)

Kings Weir

Wormley/1/12

7.6.1841

Daniel Norton

 

 Appointed weir keeper

NA Rail 845

7.6.1841

William Curtis (45)

Carpenter

Elizabeth

Kings Weir

Wormley/4/4

16.6.1840

John Page

 

Kings Weir Tumbling Bay at 15/- per week

NA Rail 845/12

16.10.1838

James King

 

Appointed

NA Rail 845/11

16.10.1838

William Cundall

Lock keeper

To Carthagena

NA Rail 845/11

16.8.1831

William Cundall

Lock keeper

Appointed

NA Rail 845/10

16.12.1828

William Catlin

Lock keeper

Appointed ex Waltham Common

NA Rail 845/10

18.1.1821

James Waterman

Lock keeper

Appointed

NA Rail 845/9

18.1.1821

John Reason

Lock keeper

Resigned

NA Rail 845/9

28.10.1819

John Page

Collector

Be appointed Collector ….in place of his Father John William Page deceased

NA Rail 845/9

28.10.1819

John William Page

Collector

Deceased

NA Rail 845/9

25.4.1816

John Reason

Lock keeper

To answer charges of neglect of duty

NA Rail 845/9

25.4.1816

William Page

Collector

To answer charges of neglect of duty

NA Rail 845/9

10.10.1811

John Reason

Lock keeper

Of Ware, Labourer, appointed

NA Rail 845/8

10.10.1811

James Barton

Lock keeper

Removed to Old Ford

NA Rail 845/8

10.10.1811  “it appearing that the Collector and Lock keeper at Kings Weir do not agree in discharging their duties…James Barton….be removed…” (NA Rail 845/8)

31.3.1802

James Barton

Walksman

Of  Ware, appointed

NA Rail 845/7

31.3.1802

Thomas Whitehead

Lock keeper

“being old and infirm, to resign”

NA Rail 845/7

15.6.1785 "The Clerk and Surveyor...do prosecute Alexander Hogan (now in custody) for breaking the barr of the lock at Kings Weir... NA Rail 845/6)

30.3.1782  “The Surveyor to purchase for this Trust the Fixtures and Fittings left by the late collector at Kings Weir amounting in value to about four pounds”  (NA Rail 845/6)

7.5.1781

Thomas Dale

Collector

"of the Town of Hertford, Gardener "Appointed in the place of....

NA Rail 845/5

7.5.1781

....John Duffin

 

Resigned

NA Rail 845/5

6.3.1780 “Collector should have increased wages of  three shillings a week to enable them to give up the whole of their time to the Service of the Trust” ( NA Rail 845/5)

3.11.1779  John Duffin be discharged from looking after the Cutt between Kings Weir and Waltham  his Contract for the same having been long expired (NA Rail 845/51)

26.7.1779

John Duffin

 

From Kings Weir to Waltham at £35 per annum

NA Rail 845/5

18.12.1775

John Duffin

 

To look after from his weir to Waltham at £35 per year. Agreed for the term of three years

NA Rail 845/5

14.1.1772  “John Duffin, the Collector at Kings Weir….do look after the Navigation from Kings Weir to the end of Waltham Cutt…be paid Two Shillings a week…and that all other persons having the care of that Part…be forthwith discharged” (NA Rail 845/4)

31.7.1767

John Duffin

Collector

Cordwainer of Hertford, appointed

NA Rail 845/50

31.7.1767

John Randall

Collector

Resigned

NA Rail 845/4

15.7.1767 John Randall Collector Staymaker of Hertford, appointed NA Rail 845/50
 
     

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