Cropwell Lock (10-10-21)
The Grantham Canal opened in 1797. Without the Canal, the history of Cropwell Bishop would be very different – less industry, less commerce, less interesting.
You only have to browse articles on the history of Cropwell Bishop Streets (click the Heritage tab) to appreciate why: start with Kinoulton Road and Nottingham Road.
The Canal starts on the River Trent and Cropwell Bishop is at a higher level than the Trent. That means that locks had to be built between the Trent and Cropwell Bishop.
Cropwell Bishop Lock was the tenth of those in the first 6 miles but would be the last until Woolsthorpe, 20 miles further south.
The Canal was closed in 1929. These days, almost 100 years later, most stretches of the Canal still contain water and some even have boats on them.
However, at Cropwell Bishop the ground is very porous and only after long and heavy rains does water collect along its bed.
In this walk, you will walk alongside the (dry) Canal and visit the remains of Cropwell Lock. You will also reach the north edge of Cropwell Butler before returning home.