Save Elvington Lock

52 Signatures | Petition Ended

Created August 22, 2014 by Trina Warriner


Elvington lock has been part of north yorkshire’s waterways for hundreds of years – but now a historic lock’s days of letting boats pass through its gates could be numbered. The environment agency is considering whether to continue operating a facility allowing craft to travel along the river derwent at elvington, near york. History of the lock
the river derwent was improved for navigation in the early 18th century and by 1723 a cut with a lock had been made at elvington, bypassing a new weir across the river. A lock-keeper’s house had been built by 1782 but the present house dates from the 19th century. In 1807 an elvington trader regularly used the navigation and in the mid 19th century coal yards lay on the river bank near the bridge. The navigation ended c. 1900 and the derwent was closed as a public waterway in 1932. The lock subsequently decayed, but it was restored for pleasure craft in 1972. About a mile upstream of the weir sheffield corporation built a water intake and treatment plant, completed in 1965. (from: ‘elvington’, a history of the county of york east riding: volume 3: ouse and derwent wapentake, and part of harthill wapentake (1976), pp. 12-17. Url: http://www. British-history. Ac. Uk/report. Aspx? Compid=22997 date accessed: 22 august 2014. )

there is a meeting on october 14th 2014 to decide the fate of the lock. Please sign our petition to keep the lock open. Thankyou.

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There are currently 52 signatures for this petition:

  1. Mark Hughes UNITED KINGDOM

    Ellington lock and the access to navigation it provides are an important facility and part of our heritage. Once the canal heritage goes, it is unlikely ever to be retrieved, so it is important not to let crucial links like this go.

  2. Alan Rivis UNITED KINGDOM

    As both a boater and a resident of north Yorkshire I would love to see the navigation restored to its full length anything that could further prevent this must be avoided

  3. Robert Hilsdon UNITED KINGDOM

    As a boater I would hate to see any more waterways closed to naviagation.

  4. Chris Dalby UNITED KINGDOM

    Stop state theft of an asset to local people

  5. Gordon Lane UNITED KINGDOM

    It’s important to keep the Derwent open for navigation

  6. David Davis UNITED KINGDOM

    When Clem the Gem’s Labour Government enacted a compulsory purchase order on all the nation’s inland waterways in 1947, it was so an essential asset could be kept open and run for public good and the benefit of the nation….. not so some unaccountable bureaucrats could close them down on a whim. Keep the lock open! (and restore the rest of the navigation while you’re at it!) Please. :)

  7. Nigel Dibden UNITED KINGDOM

    So short sited to even think of closing this lock. What a waste.

  8. Alec Jacques UNITED KINGDOM

    the rights of navigation to the upper reaches of the Derwent beyond Elvington must be preserved – our heritage must be respected and waterways kept open for the use and pleasure of current and future generations


    This is an important lock on a beautiful river. It is essential we should urge those responsible to maintain the structure to retain this stretch of navigation.

  10. Bob Ellis UNITED KINGDOM

    Over the last 50 years work has gone into restoring canals becauseit has been realised they are an important amenity rather than a “cost”. We should not allow infrastructure such as this lock to be lost. Once gone it will be impossible to re instate given the anti Derwent navigation lobby

  11. Debbie Smith UNITED KINGDOM

    As a boat owner It would be a great shame to close the lock – Having travelled up to Stamford Bridge several times it will be sadly missed, Beautiful scenery!!

  12. John W Lewis UNITED KINGDOM

    I am a narrow boat owner moored at Melbourne Marina and intend doing the pleasant trip to Stamford Bridge as I have been doing on a friends boat,It would bae a tragedy if Sutton Lock was allowed to be closed.

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