Text and photographs copyright of Jim Shead.
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Description: Castleford Junction (main line Goole to Leeds) to Wakefield Fall Ing Lock (junction with Calder and Hebble Navigation).
As company engineer he proposed building a depot and workshops at Lake Lock on the Calder below Stanley Ferry.
He reported that better work was now being done more cheaply at the Lake Lock depot. There were 9 carpenters, 4 sawyers, 4 blacksmiths, a blockmaker with his boy and a sailmaker and an assistant. He wrote that "a better set of Workmen are not to be found in any Yard in the Kingdom, not only as to their ability in their Profession but also for their Industry, Sobriety and good Conduct".
He advised shareholders to oppose John Lee and Shepley Watson's proposal for using their new cut saying "to suffer any individual, or set of them, to have the Power over the Water, would be total Ruin of the Navigation".
He completed the building of the new Lake Lock.
He reported that only two more locks, at Penbank and Altofts, had to be dealt with before craft 18 feet wide could reach Wakefield.
He worked on alternative schemes based on John Rennine's plans for deepening the river to 7 feet and to take 100 ton craft.
His proposals were accepted for a cut from the Calder above Kirkthorpe lock, crossing the river at Stanley Ferry on a six-pier aqueduct with an iron trough and overhead trusses, then south to Fairies Hill and three new cuts reducing the distance to Castleford.
The board told him to prepare plans for the Stanley Ferry Aqueduct.
Discussed an interchange point with the Manchester & Leeds Railway, suggesting the rail crossing at Broad Reach as a suitable point. The proposal was not put into action.
IWA National Festival at Wakefield.