Caledonian Canal, Gairlochy Locks, lighthouse and signal lampSM5294
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- Industrial: dock, harbour, lock; inland water; light, warning, signal
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- NN 17934 84396
- 217934, 784396
The monument comprises that stretch of inland waterway known as the Caledonian Canal running from the upper lock at Gairlochy north-east to Loch Lochy.
The area to be scheduled includes all the canal in water and the strip of ground extending up to 20 m from the water on either side and containing the towpaths and embankments and any associated capstans, bollards, mooring hooks, mile posts, weirs and overflows.
The scheduled area includes the following structures: upper lock; lower lock; signal lamp; lighthouse; but excludes the modern lock gates and their hydraulic control gear, the road swing bridge, all modern moorings, pontoons, piers, slipways, walls and fences, power cables, lampposts and other street furniture. The scheduled area is marked in red on the accompanying map extract.
This proposal is an extension to the scheduling: Caledonian Canal, Gairlochy Locks, to include not just the locks themselves but the stretches of canal between them and to their north-east. This extended scheduling also includes the signal lamp, previously scheduled separately as Gairlochy Signal Lamp.
Statement of National Importance
The monument is of national importance as a significant part of the Caledonian Canal, built between 1803 and 1822. It is scheduled as part of a programme of protection also involving listing of buildings. The canal was designed by Thomas Telford and financed directly by Government. It set new standards in the scale of its locks.
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