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CALDER & HEBBLE NAVIGATION - FALL INGS
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Click to enlargeThe Fall Ings Cut was opened in 1761, making the River Calder navigable above Wakefield.

Ings: low-lying fertile land by a river. In Yorkshire English: "T'watter's gitten ower t'ingses." (double plural) - The water has got over the ings. (Peter Wright, Yorkshire's Yammer, Dalesman Books, 1994)

Click to enlargeWakefield's canals circa 1841 from the Ordnance Survey Map Doncaster & Wakefield Sheet 22 (the railways shown were updated after initial publication)
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Click to enlargeFall Ings Lock, where the Calder & Hebble Navigation meets the Aire & Calder Navigation (Wakefield Branch).
© John S. Sargent 2010.
Click to enlargeAnother view of the lock gate, looking downstream at the River Calder.
© John S. Sargent 2009.
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Fall Ings Lock, looking towards the River Calder (Aire and Calder Navigation). The water level is lower on this side of the gate.
© John S. Sargent 2009.

Click to enlargeFall Ings Lock, residential moorings.
© John S. Sargent 2010.

Click to enlargeA temporary mooring for this narrowboat at Fall Ings Lock. Shortly afterwards the journey resumed upstream on the Calder & Hebble Navigation.
© John S. Sargent 2009.

Click to enlargeFall Ings Lock looking westwards.
© John S. Sargent 2009.

Click to enlargeA narrowboat heading downstream waits in the temporary moorings as the lock is opened to allow passage for another boat going upstream. The residential moorings are in the background.
© John S. Sargent 2010.
Click to enlargeFall Ings Lock, an oasis of tranquility.
© John S. Sargent 2009.
Click to enlargeWhen Coal Was King. Fall Ings Lock and the coal trade. Read about local hero, William H. Bartholomew, Tom Puddings and Fall Ings Lock. An interesting bit of Wakefield History courtesy of British Waterways at Fall Ings Lock.
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Click to enlargeBut coal is no longer king, today cruising the inland waterways is a popular leisure activity. The nearest boat is heading downstream and is about to enter the lock that connects the Calder & Hebble with the Aire & Calder Navigation. The boat heading upstream is travelling through the Fall Ings Cut towards Wakefield Flood Lock and Wakefield Pond.
© John S. Sargent 2010.
Click to enlargeAt the junction of Barnsley and Doncaster Roads by Wakefield Bridge. New houses have been built on the far bank of Fall Ings Cut, but the former industrial site is awaiting redevelopment. See the next picture.
[20th February 2012]
Click to enlargeSee the previous picture, the site has been redeveloped and now contains The Ruddy Duck, opened in time for Christmas 2012.
[14th March 2013]
Click to enlargeFall Ings Cut at Fall Ings Lock, looking upstream towards Wakefield Flood Lock.
© John S. Sargent 2009.
Click to enlargeFall Ings Cut, view beneath Doncaster Road and Barnsley Road Bridges to the Flood Lock.
Calder & Hebble Navigation, Wakefield.

© John S Sargent, 25th March 2010
Click to enlarge Fall Ings Cut, view of Barnsley Road Bridge through to the Flood Lock.
© John S Sargent, 25th March 2010.
Click to enlargeThe view in 2013, Fall Ings Cut, towards Barnsley Road Bridge and the Flood Lock.
[14th March 2013]
Click to enlargeChantry Waters, Fall Ings Cut, Calder & Hebble Navigation.
© John S. Sargent 25th March 2010.
Click to enlargeFall Ings Cut, viewed from Doncaster Road Bridge.
© John S. Sargent 25th March 2010.
Click to enlargeThe Ruddy Duck and Chantry waters by Fall Ins Cut. The pub has replaced the old industrial buildings shown in the next picture.
[14th March 2013]
Click to enlarge Fall Ings Cut, looking towards Doncaster Road Bridge and Chantry Waters, Calder & Hebble Navigation. The area is still in the process of being regenerated after progress was slowed by the economic downturn. In 2012, a new pub, the Ruddy Duck was opened on the site of the old buildings on the left of the cut. See previous picture.
© John S. Sargent 25th March 2010.
Click to enlargeFall Ings Cut viewed towards the Doncaster Road Bridge from Barnsley Road. New apartments have replaced the motor car showroom and repair garage formerly on this site.
[19th July 2011]
Click to enlargeWakefield Flood Lock viewed from Barnsley Road Bridge. The flood lock gates are closed.
[25th June 2012]

CALDER & HEBBLE NAVIGATION - FALL INGS
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