Restored side pond paddle gear at Lock 96, above
Lock 97 above is the bottom lock of the flight.
The side ponds at the bottom lock, Lock 97, have been restored although there is a limited maintenance resource available and they are not often used
Restored paddle gear at Lock 97. The pinion is wound with a windlass, a sort of crank handle and this pulls the rack upwards in a shaft, raising the paddle that is attached beneath.
At the bottom of the flight the river Brent flows into the canal and the section ahead is a canalised river, with characteristics of both canals and rivers. There is a footbridge to carry the towpath over the river.
This archive image shows the scene at the bottom of the locks where the river Brent joins the canal
The Fox is the name of an almost-canal-side pub at the bottom of the locks. On this online tour you won't be able to pop in for a drink, unfortunately.
The Fox - the last stop on our tour.
We hope you have enjoyed touring Hanwell Locks online with us. A version of this tour intended for use on a smartphone whilst physically at the location, is available at https://www.canalmuseum.mobi/hanwelltour1.htm The last picture, below, was taken from a tall mast in 2009 in preparation for the Water and Locks exhibition at the museum.