Waterbodies & Maritime => Waterways => Topic started by: smiler on December 30, 2011, 16:26:35

Title: Allington Lock
Post by: smiler on December 30, 2011, 16:26:35
My neighbour Ron Chapman (92 yrs young) remembers watching his father, who was lock keeper, make this high water mark in 1927. It's never been higher since!
(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af310/smiler2/Allington2.jpg)
This wall can be found between the Malta Inn and the Locks.
Title: Re: Allington Lock
Post by: seafordpete on December 30, 2011, 18:14:25
I think there is one from the 1960s below those too. The door on the left of the photo is a store room/cellar the actual living accomodation being about 9ft above the towpath. In the 1960s Ted Lant lived there as 2nd Keeper and I used to knock around with his son, we used to change in the store and swim in the river. When he was promoted to Head Lock keeper he had to move to the house on the other side of the river, no doubt a lengthy road journey for the furniture to go about 50yds.
Title: Re: Allington Lock
Post by: smiler on February 22, 2012, 20:28:02
"Kent a Chronicle of the Century" by Bob Ogley:

   "August, 4th 1937. New locks for the River Medway have been opened at Allington, Maidstone, at a cost of 18,000. They will prevent the flooding which occurs frequently at Maidstone and Tonbridge".
Title: Re: Allington Lock
Post by: cliveh on December 15, 2013, 18:35:12
Some photos from a visit this morning:

cliveh
Title: Re: Allington Flood Levels
Post by: Lyn L on December 15, 2013, 19:15:41
Lovely pics cliveh thanks  :)
 I spy a bit of new woodwork in the gardens since we were there last (September probably) and the one of the bridge and ramps always tickle me. We always have the dog with us when we visit, walk along the tow path towards Maidstone, back to the Malta Inn for lunch then a wander over to the lock gates. Soon as the dog see's the bridge, we have to pick her up and carry her  :) Good job she's not a German Shepherd.
Title: Re: Allington Flood Levels
Post by: busyglen on December 16, 2013, 18:50:18
Its a favourite place for us too LynL.  We love going there for lunch on a sunny day and watch the ducks or whatever in the water.  Lovely photos cliveh. :)
Title: Re: Allington Flood Levels
Post by: AlanH on December 17, 2013, 09:20:27
What absolutely beautiful pics of a place I and later the cook, (wife) love. Brings back so many memories of quiet walks along the towpath and refreshing drinks in the pub.
I quite often as a young lad and keen cyclist (Rochester Velo Cub) used to ride through Wouldham, Burham, Eccles then along to Aylesford Priory and then to Allington and this brings back just so many memories.
Thanks for showing them.
AlanH.
Title: Re: Allington Flood Levels
Post by: cliveh on December 17, 2013, 13:54:37
Thanks for all the kind comments on my photos!  :) Just a shame it was such a dull, overcast morning otherwise they would've come out better!
 
cliveh
Title: Re: Allington Flood Levels
Post by: cliveh on December 17, 2013, 16:24:04
Some more photos of the sluice:


cliveh
Title: Re: Allington Flood Levels
Post by: Stewie on December 17, 2013, 21:34:09
Crikey, at this rate the water companies will be telling us all to leave the taps running!

Still I suppose it means no droughts next year!

 :)
Title: Re: Allington Lock
Post by: kyn on February 28, 2014, 14:20:25
An old image of the lock