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Hamilton's Lock, County Offaly
14929010
Representative view
Reg. No.14929010
Date1750 - 1760
Previous NameN/A
TownlandCLONAHENOGE
CountyCounty Offaly
Coordinates195115, 213160
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL TECHNICAL
RatingRegional
Original Uselock
In Use Aslock
 
Description
Lateral canal, Clonaheenogue Canal, built c.1755, to bypass the extensive rapids of the River Shannon. It comprises two sets of gates and a chamber - Hamiton Lock. It was abandoned in the 1840s and a new canal and a larger lock, Victoria Lock, were built to allow the passage of larger steamers. These remain in use today.

Appraisal

This lock forms part of a group with the related canal structures in the area. Its simple design has a pleasing symmetry and it retains much original materials and fabric making it a charming addition to the canal.
 
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