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WARE TUMBLING BAY, WARE HALFLOCK and WARE WEIR

 

Lock State Date Length Length - Working Distance Width Fall Removed or bypassed
Ware Weir Extant 1725 ~ ~   2' 9'' 1857

 

12.5.1770  "...that the keeper of Ware Weir do not any more shut the same Weir for the purpose of making Flashes but when Mr Yeoman...or any person by his appointment shall think it proper and order him to do so"  (NA Rail 845/50)

 

On 29.4.1771, “the Ware Weir be removed from the Place where it is now in to the most convenient place just below the mouth of the Cutt in Amwell Marsh so as not to fflood the Warehouses in Ware Town…” (NA Rail  845/4)

 

14.12.1791 “the Boarding of the House at Ware Weir be repaired”  (NA Rail 845/6).  

 

Between 1791 (the first recorded survey) and 1825, the surveys all started at Ware Tumbling Bay and the weir retained that title until 1907, when it became Ware Weir

 

               

        LMA ACC 2423/P519                                                                      LMA ACC 2423/P588

 

The rather faint River Lee Trust sketch map on the left is from prior to 1868 and shows a proposed new channel and weir (which were never built).  It shows the location of the (ungated) Ware Half lock and the old weir keeper's cottage,  as does the slightly fuzzy post 1857 image on the right.

 

On 20.4.1883, the “old” weir-keeper's cottage was insured for £100 (NA Rail 845/23).

 

In August 1886, a new weir keeper's cottage was proposed.  This is basically the cottage that stands there today, though unfortunately derelict.

 

 LMA ACC 2423/P025

 

In the 1792 survey, the Halflock was called Crane Mead Lock and then in succession, the Weir, the Lock, the Lock in the Cutt, the Cistern and finally in 1804 it again became the Lock and retained that title until 1826.  It was then the Halflock until it was removed in 1857.  However, in various census locations, Crane Mead reappears.

 

29.6.1870 "Ware Half Lock was entirely cut out....and a 20 feet waterway has been made of 2 feet greater depth in addition to a 6 feet towpath" (NA Rail 845/17)

 

 

                                                           Ware Weir Cottage, c. 1950

 

 

Ware Weir Cottage

Census/Date

Name

Title

Wife

Location given by enumerator/Comments

Source Reference

1.2.1947

C J Parrott

Weir keeper

Appointed from Relief Lock keeper ex Bow Locks at £4.3.0 per week with uniform; £4.15.0 on 9.6.1948; £4.18.6 on 2.8.1950; Last recorded r.o.p £7.14.11 n.d.

NA Rail 845/128

31.1.1947

D Linfoot

Weir keeper

Now receiving £4.3.0 per week.  Due to retire (aged 65 on 15.12.1946) after 13 year’s service.  Pension 11s.11d per week with lump sum £93.3.6d

NA Rail 845/128

1.4.1938

D Linfoot

Weir keeper

£1.6.0 to £1.8.0

NA Rail 845/122

1.4.1937

D Linfoot

Weir keeper

£1.3s.6d to £1.6s (inc house and garden)

NA Rail 845/121

25.5.1935 Alfred Frank Linfoot Temp Lock keeper Finished of own accord LCB Records
26.2.1935 Alfred Frank Linfoot Temp Lock keeper Appointed at 27/- per week LCB Records
D Linfoot may have started here replacing Gold (13 years service - see above), but there is no contemporary record.  Was Alfred Frank Linfoot  (b.22.7.1917) his son?

19.1.1934  Gold had left the sluices open all night and drained the river above to a foot below bottom level., stranding barges and wasting an “enormous volume” of water.  “Further employment of this weir keeper would be dangerous; …that he had given trouble before…lately become absolutely unreliable”  “Dismissed forthwith” (NA Rail 845/118)

20.2.1931

W Gold

Weir keeper

+ 2/6 per week

NA Rail 845/115

16.5.1930

W Gold (56)

Weir keeper

Appointed at 21/- per week plus house and uniform

NA Rail 845/114

16.5.1930

James James

Weir keeper

Died 8.4.1930

NA Rail 845/114

25.3.1927

James James (69)

Weir keeper

Appointed  at 18/- per week with house and uniform

NA Rail 845/111

25.3.1927

A Chapman (74)

Weir keeper

Resigned with 7/- per week pension

(Died aged 80 on 3.6.1933)

NA Rail 845/111

(NA Rail 845/117)

20.6.1924

A Chapman

Weir keeper

“was unable to carry out his duties and it would be necessary to appoint a new man” (matter adjourned)

NA Rail 845/108

9.5.1924

Abraham Chapman (71)

Weir keeper

Appointed ex Ponders End

NA Rail 845/108

 

12.4.1924

W Phillips

Weir keeper

Resigned.  Vacated cottage 19.4.1924

NA Rail 845/108

30.4.1920

W Phillips

Weir keeper

Claimed compensation for non-issue of uniform in 1919…informed that the uniform was on order and would be issued during the next few weeks

NA Rail 845/47

17.4.1920  Letter received from Ware UDC asking if the Board have any objection to the weir keeper at Ware Weir acting as steamroller driver occasionally.  Resolved that “Weir keeper Phillips be allowed to act…as steamroller driver, provided his work…is not interfered with…and that he does not wear the Board’s uniform during the performance of his work for the Council” (NA Rail 845/47)

14.11.1919

W Phillips

Weir keeper

18/- + house, garden, and uniform

NA Rail 845/46

15.2.1918

W Phillips

Weir Keeper

13/- per week

NA Rail 845/66

6.10.1916

William Phillips (25)

Weir keeper

Soldier discharged for rupture from 4th Beds Regiment, appointed at 10/- per week with house and uniform

NA Rail 845/43

14.7.1916

Thomas Rock

Weir keeper

Died on 30th June but his goods have not yet been removed from the cottage

LMA ACC 2423/15

30.6.1916 I regret to report that Thomas Rock and his wife have been taken to the Infirmary and both are in a very serious state of health.  They were allowed to live in the Weir keeper's house rent free on condition they attended to the Weir. LMA ACC 2423/15
22.5.1914 - as the Amwell Magna Fishery Co's lease of the cottage expires on 24.6.1914, the occupant of the cottage, Thomas Rock, asks to be allowed to stay on.  The Amwell Magna Company pay us £20 per annum for the cottage and we pay Rock £5 a year for attending to the weir.  Rock, who is 72 years of age (and his wife 75) offers to hire the cottage at 4/- per week and will also attend the weir.  He is very old for the job, but I think he might be allowed to remain for a time. LMA/ACC 2423/014
2.4.1911 Thomas Rock (68) Water Bailiff Sarah Tumbling Bay Cottage, Ware RG14PN7477 RG78PN363 RD133 SD3 ED1 SN159

5.4.1891

Thomas Rock (44)

River keeper

Sarah

Lea side

Great Amwell/6/39

22.4.1881

John Wells

Tumbling Bay keeper

Drowned

NA Rail 845/22

4.4.1881

John Wells (68)

Lock keeper

Mary

Amwell End Lock, Crane Mead

Great Amwell/5/58

11.7.1877

John Wells

Lock keeper

To Hardmead Lock to look after lock until house is ready for occupation

NA Rail 845/21

1.10.1874 Letter from John Wells:" Gent.n I beg respectfully to offer myself as a candidate for the appointment lately held by Mr Dye of this town.  I have for many years been connected with the Water Traffic and hand you herewith a list of Gentlemen and Traders to whom I am well known and who have kindly appended their signatures as a recommendation for the appointment. I hope you feel disposed... (attached was the following) Gent.n We the undersigned do hereby strongly recommend applicant John Wells of this place for the appointment of Water and Lock Inspector for the River Lea Coy. in place of Mr Dye who we are informed is about to leave.  We have known him many years and believe he will use every endeavourto give you satisfaction if appointed". This letter was signed by  Hy Page,Chas Cass, Jno Hammond, W Page, Jos Jones, John Williamson, Nath Cobham, John White, Hy Wilkins,  C Albany NA Rail 845/55

2.4.1871

John Dye (53)

Labourer on river

Sarah

Lock House Gt Amwell (nr Crane Mead)

Great Amwell/5/38

8.4.1861

John Dye (43)

New River Labourer

Sarah

Ware Lock

Great Amwell/5/6

21.4.1859

Smith

Lock keeper

Transferred to Stanstead Lock

NA Rail 845/15

19.4.1856 John William Smith Lock keeper Transferred from Edmonton Lock to Ware (sic) NA Rail 845/14
19.4.1856 Henry Smith Lock keeper Transferred from Hardmead Lock house (sic) to Edmonton Lock NA Rail 845/14

21.11.1855

Henry Smith

Lock keeper

14/- per week (or Hardmead Lock)

NA Rail 845/14

21.10.1854

Henry Smith

Lock keeper

14/- per week (or Hardmead Lock)

NA Rail 845/14

30.3.1851

Susan Smith (46)

Lock keeper

Widow

Amwell End

Great Amwell/4/1

7.6.1841

William Smith (35)

 Lock keeper

 Susan

Amwell End

Great Amwell/6/11

18.5.1830 William Smith Lock keeper Appointed at Ware Halflock NA Rail 845/10
18.5.1830 Edward Chamberlain   Transferred to Limehouse as Collector NA Rail 845/10

20.6.1826

Edward Chamberlain

Keeper at Ware

“To look after Mrs Hadsley’s Lock at 4/- in advance of his present wages”

NA Rail 845/10

21.6.1825

Edward Chamberlain

Lock keeper

Transferred from Old Ford

NA Rail 845/9

21.6.1825

Benjamin Cock

Lock keeper

Resigning

NA Rail 845/9

 

26.8.1801

Benjamin Cock

Lock keeper

Appointed

NA Rail 845/7

1.8.1801

William Harris

Lock keeper

Resigned

NA Rail 845/7

27.5.1801

William Harris

Lock keeper

Appointed

NA Rail 845/7

* “This trust having dismissed Bernard Resson from its service as Lock keeper at Ware Tumbling Bay on Account of his great age and inability to discharge his Duty and taken into Consideration his long service of Forty years and upwards.  It is resolved and ordered that the Surveyor do continue to employ him in the  service of this Trust to instruct his Successor and in any other business within his power until further order herein” (NA Rail 845/7)

9.4.1801

Bernard Resson

Lock keeper

Be discharged because of his “age and infirmity” (*see above)

NA Rail 845/7

26.7.1779

William Rosson

 

Ware Weir for 8/- per week and Ware to Stanstead at £25 per year

NA Rail 845/5

18.12.1775

William Resen

 

Look after Ware to Stanstead at £25 per year. Agreed for the term of three years

NA Rail 845/5

14.1.1772  “William Rosson the Person who hath hitherto lookt after Ware Weir  now attended concerning him looking after the said Weir and the Locks and Navigation to the Cistern in Amwell Marsh exclusive for nine shillings a week….” (NA Rail  845/4)

 

1.7.1767

William Rosson

Keeper of Ware Weir

Paid 6/- per week

NA Rail 845/4

c1761

Bernard Resson

 

Appointed

NA Rail 845/7

           

 

 
     

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