Wednesday, 27 January 2021

A reminder of Hatton Locks on our lockdown walk

What is the connection between a rainwater gully in a Norfolk village and the Hatton flight?
The answer: the cast ironwork is made by Ham Baker, the company which made the distinctive paddle gear on the Grand Union from Calcutt to Knowle.
I looked for a photo of mine which shows the Ham Baker lettering on the paddle gear but couldn't find one. Here's a general view of the paddle gear.
I got quite a surprise - and a pang of longing to be working locks again. Yes, even Ham Baker ones (which I like, by the way).


Paul said...

Hi Halfie,
I see that you posted some photos of the Gilwern breach in 2008.

I'm a webmaster of the Monmouthshire, Brecon and Abergavenny Canals Trust.
I'm building a new website for them.
We have a new timeline of events on the canal.
I was wondering if I could use some of your photos to show the breach?
I can give you attribution and link back to your Blog if you wish.

Sorry about commenting here, but I couldn't find any other contact details for you.
You can mail me at if you wish.

Many thanks, Paul Thomas, South Wales.

Halfie said...

Paul, I have emailed you.