Monument record MNL 456 - Mildenhall Turf Lock; New Lock; River Lark

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Summary

Mildenhall Turf Lock (New Lock).

Location

Grid reference Centred TL 7083 7425 (53m by 40m) (Centred on)
Map sheet TL77SW
Civil Parish BARTON MILLS, FOREST HEATH, SUFFOLK
Civil Parish MILDENHALL, FOREST HEATH, SUFFOLK

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Type and Period (3)

Full Description

Mildenhall Turf Lock (New Lock). Constructed in the 1890s by converting a Staunch into a pound lock. Today the lower gates are missing and the structure acts as a weir (S1). Staunch stonework dated 1832 (S3). Rare , unique (?) in East Anglia survival of a turf-sided lock (S2).
Recorded in gazetteer of significant Industrial Archaeological sites extracted from a 1980 booklet entitled 'Industrial Archaeology in and around Norfolk' and revised as 'Suffolk IA Sites in 1980' in Suffolk Industrial Archaeological Society Newsletter (SIAS Newsletter, 115, Nov 2011) where it is described as: Navigation Locks (at both TL 707743 and 710743)[MNL 456 & 457]. Downstream lock was originally a flash-lock: converted to a turf-sided pound lock provided at the same time (when the navigation to Bury St Edmunds was being revised). The B1102 crosses the river between the two. Also a small warehouse (probably, originally a mill) and a little NE the large Lark Mills of 1908 and navigation pub (S4).

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <S1> (No record type): Weston D E, The Lark Navigation, circa 1980, 14.
  • <S2> (No record type): Alderton D, September 1993.
  • <S3> (No record type): Alderton D & Booker J, Guide to the Industrial Archaeol of E Anglia, 1980, 170.
  • <S4> Serial: Suffolk Industrial Archaeological Society Newsletter. Volume 115, November 2011, plus email from John Jones, March 2012..

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Record last edited

Jun 21 2012 12:32PM

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