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Five-Rise Locks

Bingley Five-Rise locks are situated on the Leeds-Liverpool canal, 16 miles from Leeds and 110 miles from Liverpool, in the town of Bingley, just outside Bradford.

 

The locks were built in 1774 by four local stonemasons and were designed by John Longbottom of Halifax.

 

Somewhat uniquely, the five locks are joined together, where the higher gate of the lower lock serves as the lower gate of the next (you would normally expect to see a series of individual locks with two gates each). The locks span 320 feet and raise boats over 59 feet from top to bottom.

 

The locks won a National Heritage award in 1975 and were the North West regional winner of the Canal and Riverside Trust's Waterway Length Competition in 1993.

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Taken on April 26, 2013