Blackhill locks and incline and Monkland canal

Alan posted on the 25/02/2021 2:08:49 AM

Is there anyone still standing who remembers these engineering marvels at the back of Alexandra park ? they were built to transport coal and iron ore, I remember the locks were in a dilapidated state in the fifties I think the incline was well gone by then Rail transport did away with the need for a canal, however, they were in use for sixty years or so.



#1 - john replied on the 25/02/2021 10:33:48 AM

Hi Alan,
I remember the canal locks very much as you do in the late 50's and they were by that time in a dilapidated state, however I am going to attempt to attach a couple of pictures of them in happier times , I hope you enjoy them.

Take Care John

unfortunately I was unable to attach pictures to this reply I think the only way I could do this is if you sent me your email address I could send them that way . John


#2 - Alan replied on the 26/02/2021 12:28:59 AM

Hi John you can e mail me at aymnz at hotmail . com. Cheers


#3 - Alan replied on the 26/02/2021 12:33:56 AM

Hi the locks were completed in 1790 and were not used after the early 1950 s , so that's 150 years, the incline was started around 1850 to 1887 so that's 37 years , apparently, the locks were still in reasonable working order in 1954.


#4 - Hamilton replied on the 13/05/2021 10:17:26 AM

An ancestor of mine died while working at Blackhill Locks in July 1897. Despite being recorded as a railway accident, I can find no mention of it in the Glasgow Herald at the time, even though it was assidious in reporting even non-fatal accidents. Anyone have any information on such fatalities at Blackhill Locks?


#5 - Hamilton replied on the 14/05/2021 7:43:38 PM

I'm puzzled by this. I can't fathom how my ancestor met his death at these locks in 1897 if they ceased in 1887. Knocked down by an engine was the verdict of the inquiry.


#6 - Alan replied on the 14/05/2021 8:13:52 PM

Hi the locks were still working until the 1950s the incline however had ceased to operate around 1897 .


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