Last December, I posted in this blog about an anomaly on the 6" Ordnance Survey Maps in relation to the 13th Lock on the Royal Canal at Blakestown, which is reported thereon as the 9th Lock.
I was on an organised walk along the Royal Canal towpath from Binns Bridge to Ashtown today given by Peter Clarke - author of one of the two published histories of the Royal Canal. He advised the audience that originally the branch to Broadstone was the mainline and the line of canal from the junction with same to the Liffey was the branch (similar to the way the Grand Canal mainline ran from Grand Canal Harbour behind Guinness with the circular line running from immediately east of the 1st Lock to the Liffey at Grand Canal Docks).
Accordingly, it would appear that what is now the 13th lock would, at one stage, have been the 9th lock as what we know as the 5th lock would have been the first lock of the mainline. The Ordnance Survey overlooked the amendment required for this lock when updating the others on the mainline.
Days Hotel Belfast - located in a lovely area of Belfast where the Union Jack flies from every lamppost and the kerbstones are painted blue white and red.
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