Picketts Lock

 

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 PICKETTS LOCK

Lock State Date Length Length - Working Distance Width Fall Removed or bypassed
Picketts Lock Built 1770         1861
Picketts Lock Rebuilt 1861     18' 0'' 5' 2''  
Picketts Lock (Brick and stone) Report 1917     18' 0''    
Picketts Lock     90' 0'' 86' 0'' 18' 10'' 6' 5''  

 

A report of 27.7.1906, by Charles Tween, noted that "....I am having the old brickwork and piles removed which originally formed the sides to this old lock, which I believe was built about the year 1770." (LMA/ACC 2423/010)

 

Picketts Lock was called Piggott’s Lock until 1856, except for the years between 1826 and 1840, when it was Skinner's Lock, Picketts Lock and, confusingly, Ponders End Lock.

 

On 12.1.1780 it was “Resolved that the following Locks be repaired with all convenient speed Viz…. Enfield Half Lock, Piggotts Lock, Cooks Lock, Boltons Lock, Stonebridge Lock, Tottenham Lock, Lee Bridge Half Lock, 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).

 

On 11.4.1783, the Surveyor was ordered to make new Gates and Slackers and repair the Brickwork of Piggotts Lock (NA Rail 845/6).  New upper and lower gates were authorised on 19.4.1794 (NA Rail 845/7).

 

Skinner’s Lock is an anomaly which only appeared in the Survey in 1826 and 1827.  In 1826, Piggotts is not listed, so it could have been an alternative name for this lock using the lock keeper's name.  Just to be difficult, however, in 1827 both Picketts (first use of this name)  and Skinners are listed as separate locks!

 

From 1827 until 1833 the name was Picketts Lock, then it changed to Ponders End Lock until 1840.  It then reverted to Piggotts Lock until 1856 before finally regaining Picketts Lock.  The permanent change to its present name  in 1857 came a few years before the chamber was rebuilt. 

 

Portland stone was used in the invert of the new lock which had been bought from the demolition of old Westminster Bridge. The old bridge was renewed between 1854 and 1862.

 

The drawings below show where the bridge stone was used. Since there is no record of a rebuild, it is highly probable that the stone is still there.

 

18.7.1861 “The new Picketts Lock is now within a fortnight of completion….” ( NA Rail 845/15)

 

LMA ACC 2423/P1438

 

 

 

The plan to the left dates from September 1867 and shows the new lock chamber and the house which was soon to be demolished.

 

In the survey of 26.10.1877, “Present house condemned and recommended that it be pulled down and a new Lock house built and well raised above ground level” (NA Rail 845/21)

 

During the Survey on 10.7.1878, the “foundations for the new lock house were in”, on 4.10.1878 "Lockhouse nearly completed - workmanship good -" and on  9.7.1879 the new Lock house was inspected. 

 (NA Rail 845/21 and 56).

 

On 20.4.1883, the “2 cottages” were insured for £200 (NA Rail 845/23).  The old cottages were inspected in the 1897 survey and it was recommended that "they be pulled down" (LMA ACC 2423/006). 

15.4.1898 "The old cottages are being pulled down" (LMA ACC 2423/006). 

 

LMA ACC 2423/P/903

 

 

 

 

5.2.1909  "An application had been received from the Superintendent of Police for the Dalston Division asking to have the water drawn in the Navigation between Stonebridge and Picketts Locks on Sunday 7th February to enable a search to be made for the money stolen by the two Russian murderers at Tottenham on the 23rd January..."(NA Rail 845/60)

 

 

 

Although the card on the left is titled as Stone Bridge Lock, it is certainly Picketts Lock. 

 

The line of telegraph poles is on the wrong side and the house is in the wrong position and of the wrong design for it to be Stonebridge Lock.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This plan from 1930 shows the location of the Conservancy lock house.

 

 

 

LMA ACC 2423/P2223

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The lock house in 1964,

which was  replaced by the modern bungalow pictured below.

 

 

 

 

 

with thanks to Enfield Local Studies Library and Archive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The lock was not duplicated, even though it was scheduled; trade fell away in the early 1960’s and the project was cancelled. 

 

The lock today, showing the present lock house and the chamber, seemingly basically the same as that built in 1861.

 

Picketts Lock

Census/Date

Name

Title

Wife

Location given by enumerator/Comments

Source Reference

n.d. George Tear Lock keeper Last recorded r.o.p. £5.3.6 LCB Records

1.4.1938

G Tear

Lock keeper

£2.1.0 to £2.5.0

NA Rail 845/122

1.4.1937

G Tear

Lock keeper

£2 to £2.1s (inc house and garden)

NA Rail 845/121

25.3.1927

George Tear (38)

Lock keeper

Son of James, appointed at 40/- per week plus house and uniform

NA Rail 845/111

25.3.1927

James Tear (70)

Lock keeper

Resigning due to ill-health.  Pension of 5/- per week, continuing to live in house

13.7.1928 increased to 7/- per week

NA Rail 845/111

 

NA Rail 845/112

14.11.1919

J Tear

Lock keeper

40/- + house, garden, and uniform

NA Rail 845/46

15.2.1918

J Tear

Lock keeper

28/- per week

NA Rail 845/66

1.12.1915

J Tear

Lock keeper

£3 war bonus

NA Rail 845/43

19.5.1916

Tear

Lock keeper

Increase from 23s to 25s per week (subject to revision at the end of the war)

NA Rail 845/43

8.5.1916 "Sir, We, the undersigned servants in your employ, beg to approach you for an increase in Wages.  The enormous increase of prices of foodstuffs, etc., has made our lot nothing but a bare existence.  Hoping you will give our application your kindest consideration.  We remain, your humble servants (Signed)  S. H. Chappell, J Brennan, J. Tear, A Chapman." LMA ACC 2423/15

25.3.1915

J Tear

Lock keeper

£3 War bonus

NA Rail 845/42

4.3.1915

J Tear

Lock keeper

+2/- per week

NA Rail 845/42

28.2.1913

J Tear

Lock keeper

 Wages increased by 1/- per week

NA Rail 845/40

2.4.1911 Jonathan Tear (55) Lock keeper Lucy, also son George (see above) Lock Cottage, Picketts Lock Lane, Lower Edmonton RG14PN7378 RG78PN357 RD132 SD5 ED28 SN42

15.5.1903

J Tear

Lock keeper

Appointed at 16/- pw

NA Rail 845/31 and LMA ACC 2423/007

15.5.1903

George Biscoe

Lock keeper

Transferred to Aqueduct Lock

NA Rail 845/31

31.3.1901

George Biscoe (59)

Lock keeper on R. Lea

 

Picketts Lock

Mx/Edmonton/33/47

18.3.1898  "Application for increase of Pay from the Lock-keepers at Ponders End, Picketts and Stonebridge Locks...I recommended that the Lock-keepers...be granted Uniforms. We (Mr Corble and myself) are of the opinion that this would be sufficient for the present, as when the River is opened for the Launch and Barge Traffic on Sundays, application will undoubtedly made by the Lock keepers for an increase of  pay and if their wages were now increased to say 18/- per week; when the extra Sunday work commences, they would probably ask for as further raise.  We are therefore of the opinion that  the question of extra pay should be deferred for a time" (C Tween LMA ACC 2423/006)

5.4.1891

George Biscoe (48)

Lock keeper 

 (Emma)

Picketts Lock House R Lea

Mx/Edmonton/13/48

14.11.1889

H Bristowe

 

£20 granted to widow

NA Rail 845/24

1888

D Hillier

Lock keeper

 

NA Rail 845

9.4.1885 J Biscoe Lock keeper Appointed ex Ponders End LMA ACC 2423/002
9.4.1885 S Hynard Lock keeper Transferred to Enfield as collector LMA ACC 2423/002

28.12.1883  W Hynard “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

S Hynard  

 Lock keeper

 1 year service.16/- per week

NA Rail 845/23

12.7.1882

S Hynard

Temporary Lock keeper

Appointed at Survey

NA Rail 845/23

21.4.1882

George Larman

Lock keeper

I have had repeated complaints of his neglecting his Lock and have myself on several occasions found him absent.  A short time ago I received a complaint of his insolence to a boating party and instructed him to attend at this office - which he did in a state of intoxication. I think the best course would be to discharge him altogether. (J Child) Dismissed

NA Rail 845/22

LMA ACC 2423/001

4.4.1881

George Larman (42)

Lock keeper

Elizabeth S

Pickets Lock, R. Lea

Mx/Edmonton/10/16

19.11.1880

George Larman

Lock keeper

Appointed, former Master Bargeman in Government employ.

NA Rail 845/22

19.11.1880

John Ives

Lock keeper

Resigned

NA Rail 845/22

19.7.1878

Thomas Flack

Lock keeper

Transferred to Rammey Marsh

NA Rail 845/21

2.4.1871

Thomas R Flack (42)

Labourer

Jane

Picketts Lock

Mx/Edmonton/6/38

8.4.1861

William Kirby (39)

Lock keeper

Rebecca

Picketts Lock Lockhouse

Mx/Edmonton/6/56

15.3.1856 Edward Greay Lock keeper Appointed NA Rail 845/14
15.3.1856 Frederick Crouch Lock keeper Resigned NA Rail 845/14

17.11.1855

Frederick Crouch

Lock keeper

14/- per week

NA Rail 845/14

21.10.1854

Frederick Crouch

Lock keeper

12/- per week

NA Rail 845/14

30.3.1851

Frederick Crouch (37)

Lock keeper

Anna

Lock house

Mx/Edmonton/1h/27

7.6.1841

 

 

 

 

Not Census Listed

20.11.1827 John Skinner Lock keeper Resigned NA Rail 845/10
             

 

 
     

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