Old Ford Lock

 

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OLD FORD LOCK

 

 

Lock State Date Length Length - Working Distance Width Fall Removed or bypassed
Old Ford Lock (Tidal) Built  1769          
Old Ford Locks (Large) (Tidal) Rebuilt and

Duplicated

1856 96' 0''   18' 6''    
Old Ford Locks (Small) (Tidal) 1856 90' 0''   15' 9'' 10' 1'' 1902+
Old Ford Lock (Large) (Brick and stone) Report 1917     18' 3''    
Old Ford Lock (Small) (Brick and stone) Report 1917     15' 9''    
Old Ford - Large (Tidal until 2000) Rebuilt 1935 90' 0'' 85' 8'' 18' 6'' 10' 1''  
Old Ford - Small (Tidal until 2000) (West)   1935 90' 0'' 85' 8'' 18' 6''  
 

 

 

 

 

The sequence and dating of the  Old Ford Lock structures is confusing with different dates being assigned to the (not always clear) structural changes quoted in contemporary and derived documents.  Further research is necessary.  If you can help, please contact me.

 

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

 

20.11.1793            “….Also that new posts and gates be made to Old Ford Lock” (NA Rail 845/7)

 

 

"Old Ford July 16th 1852 Sir - I beg to call your attention to the vile and filthy state of the River Lee adjoining my ground caused evidently by the stoppage of the fresh water from coming down and which has converted the River into a great Cesspool, and beg to inform you that unless it is soon remedied I shall confer with my Solicitor in the matter to adopt some proceedings against the Company...G Bruxney" (NA Rail 845/14)

 

 

 

The map below, drawn in about 1815, shows Old Ford Lock in its original alignment, with a dotted line marking a proposed new route which was never built.

 

 

LMA ACC 2423/P/1719 

 

 

The plan to the left is dated 1851 and gives a very clear picture of the original lock. It is shown upside down to align with the illustrations above and below

It also shows the proposed building of the tide gates at the junction of the old River Lea and the Navigation.

 

LMA ACC 2423/P444

 

 

On 18.12.1852, it was reported that the two owners of the land around the "bad double turn of the River below Old Ford Lock", were "now ready to give up the land" (for a suitable recompense) to enable the bend to be removed. The bend is shown  on the map (P1719) above, skirting the property marked "7"  (NA Rail 845/14)

 

 

 

LMA ACC 2423/P730

 

The plan above shows the old Old Ford Lock lying in its original orientation. The proposed new chamber (outlined in red)  was superceded by the (sketched) duplicated chambers built in 1856.  On 15th December 1856, Mr Beardmore reported "The New Pair of Locks at Old Ford will be ready for use tomorrow on the arrival of the Trustees at the spot.....The pumping only closed in the morning of yesterday and the water boiled from underneath, the foundations as hard as ever to the last minute - the entire works are nevertheless as strong as any I have ever executed." (NA Rail 845/14)

 

In the period 1864-1867 the Lee Navigation was upgraded between Tottenham and Old Ford to take 100 ton barges.  In these works Lea Bridge Lock was swept away and the Navigation dredged back to Tottenham.

 

Old Ford (and hence Old Ford Lock) derives its name from the Roman road crossing of the Lea.  Indeed on 8th April 1892, permission had been obtained for “the removal of the “Roman Sill” at Old Ford which had been such an obstacle to the Navigation of the Back Waters of the Lee…”  On 15th July Mr Child reported that he "would remove it as soon as the tide permits" (LMA ACC 2423/004). 

 

Following the finding of approximately 40 timber piles dated to the early Roman period during recent excavations at Dace Road, Old Ford it has been suggested that the Romans at first built a wooden bridge over the River Lea. It  was not until the later Roman period that the bed of the river was consolidated with sand and gravel to provide a firm footing for the crossing. (p. 39, London and Middlesex Archaeological Society, Transactions, Volume 59, 2008: Bridging the Lea, Angus Stephenson).

A map crossed by a line showing the line of the Roman road

The Lea was also likely to have been an important route in the Roman period. It may have been used to supply the London area both with agricultural produce and, in the late period, with pottery from Much Hadham, via the River Stort. Excavations have established that a Roman settlement existed in an area close to Old Ford.A pattern of occupation has been identified from recent excavations suggesting that buildings fronted onto the Roman road which stretched from the Roman Londinium to the Roman Colonia of Camulodunum (Colchester), with a network of yards and fields laid out behind the road. The position of the settlement at a ford on the River Lea implies that the settlement had a role as an interchange point between road and river traffic. Timber buildings have been found consisting of postholes and beam slots showing that a fairly substantial roadside ribbon development existed from the 1st century AD. One building represented by a large beam-slot filled with charcoal and daub was a very large structure, possibly an open ended barn, fronting on to the road. The road was used for the transportation of food from Essex and East Anglia to Londinium. A large amount of cattle bone with evidence of butchering, as well as the many coins found, suggest that Old Ford might well have been primarily a market, with the trading of cattle, as well as the slaughtering, for sale in Londinium.

 

 

Anticipated alignment of the Roman road to Colchester across the Lea Valley. Copyright PCA

An extensive agricultural landscape skirted the Roman road, represented by a complex series of ditches, which were dug as field boundaries. Finds of pottery, coins and metalwork from the ditch fills indicate their use up to the 4th century.

A Roman cemetery has been found related to the settlement at Old Ford. A group of four inhumation burials were found situated 50m north of the road and could be a small family burial plot. A scatter of other such burials has been found in the past including two stone sarcophagi. One sarcophagus contained two inhumations. A communal burial ground was also excavated containing sixty seven graves. The acidic soil limited bone survival and no grave goods were found.

 http://www.museumoflondonarchaeology.org.uk/Services/PCaseStudies/UK-projects/Lea-Valley-Olympic-Park/Archaeology-in-Lea-Valley-Pre-2005/Roman.htm

 22.1.1897         "New Lobby for Collector's House.  This is now completed and will be a great improvement to the collection of tolls - the house has been thoroughly cleaned down, papered and painted and made comfortable.  New Lock House...plan prepared...cost should be £250" (J Child - LMA ACC 2423/006) 

 

18.3.1898                        Mr T Pollitt’s tender of  £310.0.0 for an additional lock house at Old Ford was accepted (NA Rail 845/29)

 

....with perhaps an early example of a WC plumbed into the sewer system!  However, it was still outside the new house, near the back scullery door.

 

LMA ACC 2423/P001

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. 1.1909  "A new small wooden lobby for the lock keeper's use was being built to place on the centre pier between the locks, so as to enable the lock keepers to be on the pier day and night;  and that the new gas lamps were a great improvement and made the working of the lock much safer" NA Rail 845/60

 

 

                                          LMA ACC 2423/P010

 

 

 

The locks were rebuilt in 1932, now with the only difference between the large and small chambers being the depth.

 

 

 

 

 

The lock and the lock houses (centre background) were severely damaged by bombing on 19th October 1940

LMA ACC2324/P/459

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The replacement houses were being built in 1946, when this picture was taken. They were constructed at a right angle to the Navigation, instead of facing the water.

 Lee Conservancy

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                         

 

 

    

The houses were sold by British Waterways in the early 1990’s.  They became home to a television studio which hosted Channel 4's “The Big Breakfast”

 

 

 

 

Old Ford Cistern or Old Ford Lock

Census/Date

Name

Title

Wife

Location given by enumerator/Comments

Source Reference

14.3.1947

H S Haycroft (56)

Collector

27 years in service. £6.15.0 up to £7.5.0  £7.11.0  (n.d.)

NA Rail 845/128  LCB Records

14.3.1947

F Lowe (46)

Asst Collector

16 years in service. Earns £5.15.0. Transferred to Limehouse as Collector at £6.10.6

NA Rail 845/128

14.4.1947

A W G Lake

Relief Asst Collector

4 years in service. Earns £5.0.0.  Last recorded r.o.p. £6.3.0 (n .d)

NA Rail 845/128

25.2.1947

H Pittaway

Lock keeper

Appointed at £4.15.0 and uniform (left 23.9.1947)

NA Rail 845/128

25.2.1947

A C Pittaway

Lock keeper

Appointed at £4.15.0 and uniform

NA Rail 845/128

22.2.1947

R H Goodbody

Lock keeper

Appointed at £4.15.0 and uniform

NA Rail 845/128

14.2.1947

P Lawrence

Lock keeper

Resigned owing to domestic reasons

NA Rail 845/128

8.11.1946

A Brennan

Lock keeper

 To £4.12.6 per week. Transferred to Limehouse as Relief Asst Collector

NA Rail 845/127

1.9.1946

P Lawrence

Lock keeper

Appointed

NA Rail 845/127

8.3.1946

H S Haycroft

Collector

Extension of sick leave

NA Rail 845/127

8.3.1946

A Brennan

Lock keeper

Extension of sick leave

NA Rail 845/127

4.3.1946

Lovat Grant (32)

Temp Lock keeper

Appointed at  £4.7.0 per week. (£5.1.0 nd)

NA Rail 845/127

2.11.1943

F Lowe

Asst Collector

Increase of 2/6 per week

NA Rail 845/126

2.10.1942

Thomas Henry Hubble (23)

Lock keeper

£3.15.0 per week with uniform

NA Rail 845/126

2.10.1942

Frederick Ernest Hall (28)

Lock keeper

£3.15.0 per week with uniform.  This man resigned, on medical advice, after 1 week’s service

NA Rail 845/126

2.10.1942

L A Collett

Lock keeper

Left the service

NA Rail 845/126

11.7.1941

R L Milne (27)

Asst Lock keeper

Appointed at £3 per week

NA Rail 845/124

7.2.1941

A E Drummond (63)

Lock keeper

Resigned after 5 months sickness. In Board’s service for 5 years .  (Is this the same man who resigned in 1927? – no record of re-employment)

NA Rail 845/125

8.3.1940

T Loat (45)

Lock keeper

Permanently incapacitated.  12 years service. Pension 9/7 per week and £66.14.8 lump sum

NA Rail 845/124

6.10.1939

H J Reynolds

Lock keeper

Leave of absence for CD duties

NA Rail 845/123

1.4.1939

F Lowe

Asst Collector

To £3.7.6

NA Rail 845/123

1.4.1939

H Haycroft

Collector

To £4.12.6

NA Rail 845/123

1.4.1938

H J Reynolds

Asst Lock keeper

£2.10.0 to £2.14.0

NA Rail 845/122

1.4.1938

A Brennan

Lock keeper

£2.10.0 to £2.14.0

NA Rail 845/122

1.4.1938

T Loat

Lock keeper

£3.6.0 to £3.10.0

NA Rail 845/122

1.4.1938

F Lowe

Asst Collector

£3.2.6 to £3.5.0

NA Rail 845/122

1.4.1938

H Haycroft

Collector

£4.7.6 to £4.10.0

NA Rail 845/122

1.4.1937

H Haycroft

Collector

£4.5s to £4.7s.6d (inc house and garden)

NA Rail 845/121

1.4.1937

T Loat

Lock keeper

£3.5s to £3.6s

NA Rail 845/121

1.4.1937

F Lowe

Asst Collector

£3 to £3.2s.6d (inc house and garden)

NA Rail 845/121

12.3.1937

A Brennan

Lock keeper

Appointed ex Stonebridge Lock at £2.10s with house and uniform

NA Rail 845/121

12.3.1937

G W Sharp

Lock keeper

Transferred to Stonebridge Lock

NA Rail 845/121

5.1.1937

Harry John Reynolds

Asst Lock keeper

£2.10.0 per week with uniform

NA Rail 845/121 

1.4.1936

G Sharp, Jun

Lock keeper

£2.7s.6d to  £2.10s

NA Rail 845/120

1.4.1936

F Lowe

Asst Collector

£2.17s.6d to £3

NA Rail 845/120

1.4.1936

H Haycroft

Collector

£4.2s.6d to £4.5s

NA Rail 845/120

1.4.1935

G Sharp Junior

Lock keeper

£2.5.0. to £2.7.0 per week

NA Rail 845/119

1.4.1935

F Lowe

Asst Collector

£2.15s to £2.17.6d per week

NA Rail 845/119

1.4.1935

H S Haycroft

Collector

£3.17s.6d to £4.2s.6d per week

NA Rail 845/119

1.4.1934

H Haycroft

Collector

+2/6 per week

NA Rail 845/118

1.4.1933

F Lowe

Asst Collector

+ 5/- per week

NA Rail 845/117

1.4.1933

H Haycroft

Collector

+5/- per week

NA Rail 845/117

25.7.1930

Fredk Lowe

Relief Collector

Appointed at £2 10s per week

NA Rail 845/114

25.7.1930

H Haycroft

Collector

Increase from £3 to £3 10s per week

NA Rail 845/114

25.7.1930

E J Lawrence

Collector

Transferred to Bow Locks

NA Rail 845/114

1.4.1930

T Loat

Lock keeper

5/- per week

NA Rail 845/114

1.4.1930

G Sharp Jnr

Lock keeper

3/- per week

NA Rail 845/114

1.4.1930

Haycroft

Asst Collector

5/- per week

NA Rail 845/114

1.4.1930

E J Lawrence

Lock keeper

10/- per week

NA Rail 845/114

22.2.1929

H Haycroft

Collector

+3/- per week

NA Rail 845/113

27.7.1928

T Loat (33)

Lock keeper

On trial

NA Rail 845/112

13.7.1928

E J Penney

Lock keeper

Resigned, unable to carry out duties

NA Rail 845/112

15.6.1928

Ernest J Penney (41)

Lock keeper

Ex serviceman 13yrs in Bedford Regiment appointed at £3 per week with uniform. Non resident

NA Rail 845/112

1.6.1928

T C Payne

Lock keeper

Unsatisfactory, given 1 week’s notice

NA Rail 845/112

1.4.1928

E J Lawrence

Collector

+5/- per week

NA Rail 845/112

2.12.1927

T C Payne

Lock keeper

Absent from duty

NA Rail 845/111

23.9.1927

G W Sharp (25)

Lock keeper

Son of  George Sharp Lock keeper at Enfield, married with one child  .Appointed £2 2s with house and uniform

NA Rail 845/111

23.9.1927

A E Drummond

Lock keeper

Resigned

NA Rail 845/111

17.6.1927

Thomas Charles Payne (30)

Lock keeper

Late AB, RN, appointed at £3 per week with uniform but no house.

NA Rail 845/111

6.5.1927

C Haycroft

Lock keeper

Promoted to Supernumerary Collector at £2 12s with house and uniform

NA Rail 845/111

1.4.1925

E J Lawrence

Collector

+5/- per week

NA Rail 845/109

27.4.1923

F Oxley

Lock keeper

Transferred to Brick Lock

NA Rail 845/107

12.5.1922

A E Drummond (45)

Lock keeper

Ex L Seaman RN , appointed

NA Rail 845/49

31.3.1922

Edward James Miller

Lock keeper

Ex CPO RN, appointed -

but refused the post

NA Rail 845/49

LMA ACC 2423/019

3.2.1922

Smith

Lock keeper

Dismissed following complaints by E J Lawrence, Collector

"I had Lawrence and Smith before me...and heard both sides and it appears to me that Smith had made up his mind not to take Mr Lawrence's instructions"

NA Rail 845/49

LMA ACC 2423/019

23.7.1920

E J Lawrence

Collector

Plus 10/- per week

NA Rail 845/47

28.5.1920  House ready for Smith’s “occupation….(he) was asked to sign the conditions as to uniform..this he had refused to do.” “A copy of the notice with reference to uniform be forwarded to him…as amongst the terms of his appointment.” (NA Rail 845/47)

5.3.1920 Judge “had since joined the Metropolitan Police,  had not yet vacated the lockhouse”. …If he is  not out by 11.3.1920 proceedings will be taken against him.

19.3.1920 Possession not obtained;  Board’s solicitors instructed.

16.4.1920  Application for the recovery of possession of the lock house came before the Judge of the Bow County Court on 26th March; that the Judge made an order for possession within a month; that the costs were taxed at the sum of £8.7.4d; that the Defendant stated it was impossible for him to pay the costs; and that he had offered to pay them by installments of £1 a month……Board allowed “Judge to pay them by …10/- per week provided he vacated the house by 17.4.1920.”

 “Judge also asked that the Board allow his wife and children to reside at Bow House with his father”  “This permission cannot be granted by the Board” 

8.5.1920 Key received from the High Bailiff of Bow County Court.  There being no goods left on the premises upon which a levy could be made…the costs of the warrant would be added to the previous costs payable by the defendant

14.5.1920  Judge asked the Board to forego the costs due from him.  Informed that the Board could not reopen the matter .

17.9.1920 “Letter received from the Poplar Board of Guardians stating that Judge had applied for permission for admission to the Workhouse for himself, Wife and Family on account of inability to find housing accommodation and enquiring whether the Board would allow Judge and family to reside with his father in the Board’s house at Bow.

Resolved that the Board of Guardians be informed that the Board are unable to find accommodation for A Judge and that their letter appears to show that they are not in possession of all the facts of the case.”  (all from NA Rail 845/47)

6.2.1920

W Smith

Lock keeper

Ex dredgerman in the Board’s service, appointed at 42/- per week

NA Rail 845/47

23.1.1920

A Judge

Lock keeper

Resignation on 24.1.1920

NA Rail 845/47

14.11.1919

C Haycroft

Lock keeper

42/- per week + house ,garden & uniform

NA Rail 845/46

14.11.1919

F Oxley

Lock keeper

43/6 per week + uniform

NA Rail 845/46

14.11.1919

E J Lawrence

Collector

70/- + house, garden, uniform and gas

NA Rail 845/46

13.11.1919 A Judge Lock keeper Returned to duty from military service LMA ACC 2423/018

11.7.1919

H S Haycroft (29)

Lock keeper

Ex Regular Army Appointed

NA Rail 845/46

2.5.1919

E J Lawrence

Collector

Underwent operation at the London Hospital on 8.4.1919. Hoped to resume duty in about 3 week time

NA Rail 845/46

24.1.1919 E J Lawrence - I wrote to his doctor on 16th inst and yesterday received a reply saying that Mr Lawrence should go to the South Coast, and the necessary arrangements have been made for carrying on thge Collector's duties at Old Ford Locks - C Tween LMA ACC 2423/017

15.2.1918

E J Lawrence

Toll Collector

55/- per week

NA Rail 845/66

15.2.1918

J Judge

Lock keeper

30/- + 8/3 overtime

NA Rail 845/66

1.1918

F Oxley

Temp Lock-keeper

Transferred to Newmans Weir

NA Rail 845/66

11.1.1918

F Oxley

Temp Lock keeper

Appointed

NA Rail 845/45

18.5.1917

A.Judge, Junior

Lock keeper

Called to the Colours

NA Rail 845/44

1.4.1917

A Judge, Junior

Lock keeper

+2/- per week. War bonus while actually working for the Board

NA Rail 845/44

1.4.1917

J Judge

Lock keeper

+2/- per week

NA Rail 845/44

1.12.1916

E J Lawrence

Collector

£10 war bonus

NA Rail 845/43

1.12.1916

J Judge

Lock keeper

£3 war bonus

NA Rail 845/43

7.4.1916

A Judge

Lock keeper

24/- to 25/- per week

NA Rail 845/43

24.3.1916 A Judge Lock keeper "asks that he may receive the same wages as his father (who is the other lock keeper at Old Ford)" LMA ACC2423/15

29.1.1916

A Judge

Lock keeper

Appointed at 21/- per week. “Mrs King will be required to vacate the lock-house in a fortnight’s time”

NA Rail 845/43

30.12.1915

E J Lawrence

Collector

+5/- per week and War bonus £10

NA Rail 845/42

25.12.1915

J Judge

Lock keeper

£3 War bonus

NA Rail 845/42

4.3.1915

E J Lawrence

Collector

+3/- per week

NA Rail 845/42

4.3.1915

J Judge

Lock keeper

+2/- per week

NA Rail 845/42

29.1.1915 “received an application from from Constable A Judge for the post of lock keeper at Old Ford….(he) is the son of Lock keeper Judge at Old Ford. (NA Rail 845/43)

4.12.1914  “Mrs King expected to be confined in about a fortnight’s time and was anxious to remain in the cottage until January”  Agreed  (NA Rail 845/41)

20.11.1914

John King

Lock keeper

Resigned to take civilian job with the Army Remount Depot at Swathling at 30/- per week

NA Rail 845/41

28.2.1913

E J Lawrence

Collector

Wages increased by 2/- per week

NA Rail 845/40

28.2.1913

J Judge

Lock keeper

 Wages increased by 1/- per week

NA Rail 845/40

2.8.1912  “ James Judge on 28th May last saved the life of W Barrett… from drowning. Judge on several other occasions has saved life from drowning and I brought the matter before the Royal Humane Society and asked that his gallant conduct might be recognized….” Judge was presented with the Honorary Testimonial from the Society inscribed on Parchment, together with a gratuity of 10/- from the Board. (the Board also suitably framed the Testimonial at their own expense)   (NA Rail 845/39)

1.4.1912 E J Lawrence Collector Increase of 1/- per week LMA/ACC 2423/012
1.4.1912 J King Lock keeper Increase of 1/- per week LMA/ACC 2423/012
2.4.1911 Edgar Lawrence (33) Collector of Tolls Eliza 3 Lock Cottage, Dace Rd RG14PN1656 RG78PN58 RD22 SD1 ED6 SN273
2.4.1911

John King (26) Lock Keeper Bessie Tree 2 Lock Cottage, Dace Rd RG14PN1656 RG78PN58 RD22 SD1 ED6 SN272
2.4.1911

James Judge (54) Lock Keeper Mary Kate 1, Lock Cottage, Dace Road RG14PN1656 RG78PN58 RD22 SD1 ED6 SN271

9.12.1910

John King

 Lock keeper

 Appointed

NA Rail 845/37

9.7.1910

Symonds

Lock keeper

Transferred to Aqueduct

NA Rail 845/37

14.6.1910

E J Lawrence

Collector

Applied for assistance due to increase of traffic in past 5 years.  Hard to get time for meals

NA Rail 845/37

1.4.1909

E J Lawrence

Collector

Increase of 1/- per week

NA Rail 845/36

23.10.1903

Edgar Joseph Lawrence

Collector

Sworn in as a Canal Constable

NA Rail 845/31

23.10.1903

James Judge

Lock keeper

Sworn in as a Canal Constable

NA Rail 845/31

9.10.1903

E J Lawrence

Collector

Up by 2/6 per week

NA Rail 845/31

31.10.1902

S Simmonds

Lock keeper

20/- up to 22/-

NA Rail 845/30

31.10.1902

J Judge

Lock keeper

20/- up to 22/-

NA Rail 845/30

31.3.1901

George W Taylor (52)

Lock keeper

Mary H

2 Lock Cottage Canal

Lo/St Mary Stratford Bow/26/52

31.3.1901

George Taylor (20)

Lock keeper

Single

2 Lock Cottage Canal

Lo/St Mary Stratford Bow/26/52

12.10.1900

Edgar Joseph Lawrence (23)

Collector

Brother to J W Lawrence,  appointed Collector at 30/- per week

NA Rail 845/29

12.10.1900

J W Lawrence

Collector

Transferred to Bow

NA Rail 845/29

17.3.1899

J W Lawrence

Collector

Wages raised from 30/- to 35/- per week

NA Rail 845/29

18.2.1898

J W Lawrence

 Collector

"..asking if the Board would grant him a Uniform similar to the one granted to C. N Crace at Limehouse.  I would suggest that the Board accede to his request, he is a good officer". - C Tween 

NA Rail 845/29 & LMA ACC 2423/006

1.9.1896

J Wybrew

Collector

Deceased. Pension of 5/- per week to widow

(died 15.3.1901)

NA Rail 845/28

 

NA Rail 845/30

17.4.1896

J W Lawrence

Collector

Appointed

NA Rail 845/28

17.4.1896

J Wybrew

Collector

"had a kind of fit or attack and was not expected to live but he has recovered and expects to resume work by Monday 16th" (J Child)

LMA ACC 2423/005

 

24.3.1893 S Symonds Lock Keeper Appointed from Bow Locks LMA ACC 2423/004
24.3.1893 A Wright Lock keeper Transferred to Limehouse Lock LMA ACC 2423/004

23.9.1892  Augustus Wright (20)  received a vellum parchment and £1 for saving life in the river (NA Rail 845/26)

8.4.1892.  J Wybrew collects £2100 pa .  Ordered to give security for £100 but he has not done so up to the moment

5.4.1891

Joseph Wybrew (63)

Toll Collector Lee Conservancy

Ann

River Lee, Old Ford Bow, Lock keeper's Lodge 1

Lo/St Mary Stratford Bow/26/1

5.4.1891

Augustus George Wright (21)

Lock keeper

~

River Lee Conservancy, Lock keeper's Lodge 2

Lo/St Mary Stratford Bow/26/1

1.2.1889

Douglas Hillier

Lock keeper

Transferred to Tottenham

NA Rail 845/25

1.2.1889

J Wybrew

Collector

Ex Tottenham at 28/- per week.  To find security of £100

NA Rail 845/25

James Newall died 20.1.1888. "In service for over 33 years...He leaves a widow and 5 children...the youngest being the youth lately appointed as junior collector at Limehouse" J Child.  Widow granted 12/- per week pension LMA ACC 2423/003 NA Rail 845/25

18.1.1889

James Newell

 

Taken ill

LMA ACC 2423/003

7.12.1888

Jesse Lawrence

Collector

Appointed at 38/- per week plus 12/- per week as Water Bailiff

NA Rail 845/25

3.3.1888 Platten Lock keeper Left of own accord LMA ACC 2423/003

2.3.1888

Platten

Lock keeper

Appointed

NA Rail 845/25

9.4.1885 James Newall Collector Appointed ex Limehouse LMA ACC 2423/002
9.4.1885 J Lawrence Collector Transferred to Limehouse

LMA ACC 2423/002

28.12.1883  J Mott “be … fined 5/- (to be deducted out of his wages) for this neglect of duty (the passing of barges without signing the Permits); and that he be severely reprimanded; (NA Rail 845/23)

20.4.1883

J Mott

 Lock keeper

 2 years service. 18/- per week

NA Rail 845/23

1883

J Lawrence

Collector

 12 years service 40/- per week

NA Rail 845

4.4.1881

James Joyce (51)

Lock keeper

Jane E

Old Ford Lockhouse, R. Lea

Lo/Bow/26/50

4.4.1881

Jessie Lawrence (35)

Collector of River Tolls

Emma

Lock house, Old Ford

Lo/Bow/26/50

12.4.1878

Jesse Lawrence

Collector

Add 5/- per week “for his assiduous attention”

NA Rail 845/21

26.5.1871

Robert Herrington

Lock keeper

18/- per week (ex Waltham Town)

NA Rail 845/18

28.4.1871

James King

 

Recorded as having died

NA Rail 845/17

2.4.1871

James King (60)

Lock keeper

Maria

Cottage at Old Ford Locks, River Lea cut

Lo/Bow/39/49

2.4.1871

John Chamberlain (49)

Collector of River Lee tolls

Emma

Cottage at Old Ford Locks, River Lea cut

Lo/Bow/39/49

23.3.1870

John Chamberlain

Collector

Recorded as Collector at 40/- per week

NA Rail 845/17

11.1.1868

J. Chamberlain

 

35/- per week

NA Rail 845/16

24.8.1867 "That it is desirable that a change of Collectors at Limehouse and Old Ford should be made as an experiment and that John Chamberlain should be removed to Old Ford Lock and Frederic Drummond should be removed to Limehouse Lock for twelve months and that the use of  the Trustee's Barge  should be granted to assist them in the removal of their goods (NA Rail 845/16)

16.11.1861

Frederick Drummond

 

Appointed at 30/- per week

NA Rail 845/15

16.11.1861

Henry Farrow

Collector

Death. 25 years service.  Pension of 10/- per week to widow

NA Rail 845/15

8.4.1861

Henry Farrow (45)

Collecting Clerk on River Lea

Susan

Old Ford Lock House

Mx/Bow St Mary/41/13

         
21.10.1854 James King Lock keeper 16/- per week NA Rail 845/14

30.3.1851

James King (40)

Lock keeper

Eliza

Lock House 

Mx/Stratford Le Bow/1l/3

7.6.1841

 

 

 

 

No census record

1838

William Hare

Lock keeper

Discharged “for frequently being absent and also for being drunk”

NA Rail 845/11

21.9.1824

John Hare

Lock keeper

Appointed

NA Rail 845/9

17.8.1824

James Barton

Lock keeper

Deceased

NA Rail 845/9

17.2.1824

James Barton

Lock keeper

Recorded as the Lock Keeper

NA Rail 845/9

18.12.1775

George Berner

Walksman

Paid £16 per year to look after the cutt opposite his mills and the lock. Agreed for the term of three years  (Possibly Old Ford but not certain)

NA Rail 845/5

 
     

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